Audi claims the A8 is the first production car to reach Level 3 autonomy. Read the story here;
Automakers and tech companies are currently debating among themselves about how much autonomy the driving public can currently handle, and the release of the A8 is sure to send those talks into the stratosphere.
The automaker claims that the traffic jam pilot will allow drivers to completely remove their hands from the wheel and watch the car’s on-board television on the infotainment display while the vehicle autonomously drives itself (depending on local regulations).
Wired magazine reports: The A8 watches its human with a facial recognition camera in the instrument cluster; its steering wheel knows when it's being touched. If the car determines it needs help or senses that the human is not paying attention, it pesters them with visual and audio cues.
If those don't work, the car tightens the seat-belt and pumps the brakes. Still no response? The car will turn on its flashers, slow to a stop, and unlock the doors.
A8 is priced from £69,100 in the UK
If you're the passenger - there's no need to worry however. The rear right seat (left for the UK) comes with a footrest that will warm and massage the soles of a passenger's feet so you can relax in unconcerned comfort while your driver works out what's going on.
The car has a comprehensive range of inputs to help it gauge its surroundings - 12 ultrasonic sensors on the front, sides and rear, four 360-degree cameras on the front, rear and side mirrors, a long-range radar and laser scanner at the front, a front camera at the top of the windscreen and a mid-range radar at each corner.
The optional Audi AI remote parking pilot and remote garage pilot use these sensors to help steer the vehicle in and out of spaces and garages - without the driver necessarily being in the car.
For a fully comprehensive review, sadly without the traffic jam pilot, check out this video :