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Audi has an upcoming luxury sedan, the A8, which will come with Level 3 autonomy, meaning the car can drive itself, up to a certain speed. Audi claims it’s the first production vehicle to come with this level of autonomy.
The new A8 is so full of technology that merely listing it all is a daunting task. The most impressive of these is the traffic jam pilot that “takes charge of driving” in slow-moving traffic, which Audi defines as driving up to 37.3 miles per hour.
This means that in crowded traffic situations you can press the button and the system will manage starting, accelerating, steering, and braking. And yes, you can take your hands off the wheel, at least until the car decides it can no longer drive itself, in which case you’ll be asked to take control again.
To do all this, Audi employs radar, ultrasonic sensors, a front camera, and a laser scanner. All those systems add up to a lot of redundancy, and it’s a notch above what Tesla is doing, at least in terms of the variety of sensors used. That’s a big reason Tesla Autopilot is considered only Level 2 autonomy, while Audi’s goes to Level 3.
The new car definitely sounds more advanced, but it’s not clear which of that car’s self-driving features will be available at launch. Even if the self-driving system is enabled, the system will likely not be street-legal in every jurisdiction, so the full range of options available to you will depend on where you bought the car, and where you’re driving it.
Other autonomous features of the new A8 include the ability for the car to park itself into a parking spot on the street or a garage, without the need for the driver to actually sit in the car.
Besides these self-driving features, the A8 also comes with tons of other tech, including a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, voice control, self-learning navigation, and an active suspension that can quickly adapt to road conditions.