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Audi introduces its semi-autonomous A8

Audi introduces its semi-autonomous A8
From Engadget - July 11, 2017

At the forefront is the car's level-3 autonomous features. "It embodies our heritage as well as our future," said Audi board member Dr Dietmar Voggenreiter. The Audi AI Traffic Jam Pilot will move the car along autonomously while stuck in gridlock both on the highway and without input from the driver.

The car takes car of acceleration, steering, braking and starting from a dead stop and does so without the driver having to pay attention. Audi notes that drivers, "can take their hands off the steering wheel permanently and, depending on the national laws, focus on a different activity that is supported by the car, such as watching the on-board TV." The driver ca not completely check out though, if the car determines it can no longer safely drive on its own, the human will have to take over. That means no naps.

It's also important to note that the level of autonomy available to drivers will be determined by the local laws. An A8 on one country might be have more self-driving abilities than one in a country with stricter regulations.

The semi-autonomous system is powered by the newly-branded Audi AI system that will soon be added to all new vehicles from the automaker. It also announced Vorsprung, which Audi board member Rupert Stadler said means the company is, "walking the extra mile and staying ahead of others, trying to develop the most convenient solutions to our auto woes."

Audi says the conceptual car from the movie iRobot is realized -- at least the autonomous part -- with the new A8. Will Smith would be proud. No word on if the A8 is capable of battling renegade automatons.

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