The New A8: Audi’s Addition to the Autonomous Car Market
The next generation Audi A8 is all set to become the first fully autonomous car when it goes on sale in 2017 – and the technology will be picked up by the new A7, A6 and Q8 when they are launched in a later date. The fully autonomous function, revealed to be referred to as Traffic Jam Assist, will operate at up to 60km/h (about 37mph) in congested highway traffic and – unlike any system available today – fully control the car without the necessity for input or monitoring from the driver.
Moreover, a separate Park Assist function will be available and will park the vehicle automatically even with the driver not inside the car, as long as he controls it using an app on his smartphone. Several car manufacturers offer similar features – BMW provides a remote-parking feature in non-U.S. 7-series, and Tesla just added the ability to its vehicles, including in America. The new A8 will follow the lead of the present A6, A7, and A8 by allowing drivers to take their hands off the wheel at highway speeds for extended periods of time before warning them to retake control.
The next Audi A8 will have more aluminium in its body compared to its previous releases, as well as parts created from magnesium and carbonfibre. Nonetheless, it is still likely that it will have some additional kilos thanks to the autonomous technology and a proposed hybrid powertrain. The new 2017 Audi A8 is publicized to be revealed this summer, with sales beginning in the autumn. The German brand’s flagship A8 saloon is quite popular for its lightweight structure – but engineers acknowledge that addressing their customer demands is possible to lead to a small gain in kerbweight for the new version. The car’s bare metal construction is roughly 50kg heavier than the structure of the current A8.
The soon to be released Audi A8 will also have the Traffic Jam Pilot, which makes use of a central driver assistance controller, or zFAS, with NVIDIA hardware and software. This system will provide drivers with the decision to turn over steering, throttle, and braking functionality to the vehicle at speeds of up to 35 mph when particular conditions are fulfilled, according to Audi. At the essence of the software are deep neural networks specifically meant for autonomous driving and identification of changing traffic control signals. The car first learned limited familiarity with the course and location with a human driver behind the wheel, through observation and the inclusions of training cameras – this engendered a correlation between the driver’s reactions and what the cameras themselves observed.