Autonomous Car from Audi
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. A number of car manufacturers offer similar capabilities – BMW offers a remote-parking function 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. Nevertheless, it is still probable that it will add a few kilos due to the autonomous technology and a planned hybrid powertrain. The new 2017 Audi A8 is said to be shown this summer, with sales beginning by the autumn. The German brand’s flagship A8 saloon is extremely famous for its lightweight construction – but engineers concede that giving in to customer demands is probably to result in a small gain in kerbweight for the new version. The car’s bare metal construction is around 50kg heavier than the structure of the A8 today.
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 give drivers the choice to turn over steering, throttle, and braking functionality to the vehicle at speeds of up to 35 mph when specific conditions are satisfied, Audi officials have disclosed. At the center of the software are deep neural networks specifically designed for autonomous driving and determination of changing traffic control signs. The car was trained in limited familiarity with the route and setting with a human driver behind the wheel, with the help of observation and the inclusions of training cameras – this created a correlation between the driver’s reactions and what the cameras themselves observed.