Aluminum (58%), magnesium (the brace forward of the cockpit), high-strength steel, and carbon fiber make up the bodyworks of the 4th generation A8 model, what the company says will be the world’s first level 3 autonomous car.
(A level 3 autonomous vehicle can monitor its environment for other cars, hazards on the road, etc., but retains human intervention capabilities as a fallback in case of system failure or changing traffic conditions.)
Peter Mertens, Audi AG Board Management Member (Technology Development), says that it's important that there should be no shared responsibility (between the car and driver) in autonomous mode. "When the car takes over, it takes over, and the car has responsibility, allowing the driver to relax. The added value of a self-driving car isn't the driving itself, it's getting time back," he says.
The redesigned flagship sedan, equipped with Audi’s artificial intelligence Traffic Jam Pilot, can self-drive up to 37 mph on highways, with a physical barrier separating opposing lanes of traffic. The system employs radar sensors, a front camera, ultrasonic sensors and a laser scanner to construct a picture of the car's surroundings that enables self-driving.
The new A8 arrives in the U.S. in mid-2018 as a 2019 model (without Traffic Jam Pilot available), but with advanced features including automatic air suspension that lowers and raises the car as it senses rough road surfaces.
Check out more specs and new launch video at https://autoportal.com/news/audi-launches-new-videos-for-a8-flagship-sedan-11859.html
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