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The next generation Audi A8 is about to become the first fully autonomous car when it is released for sale in 2017 – and the technology will be continued by the new A7, A6 and Q8 when they are launched in due course. The fully autonomous function, believed to be called Traffic Jam Assist, will operate at up to 60km/h (about 37mph) in congested highway traffic and – unlike any system presently available – fully manage the car without the need for input or monitoring from the driver.

Furthermore, a separate Park Assist function will be accessible and will park the car automatically even when the driver is not inside the car, as long as he controls it with the help of 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 next A8 will take after the current A6, A7, and A8 by allowing drivers to get their hands off the wheel at highway speeds for longer periods of time before notifying them to retake control.

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The next Audi A8 will feature more aluminium in its production compared to its previous releases, as well as parts made out of magnesium and carbonfibre. However, it is still possible that it will add several kilos owing to the autonomous technology and a designed 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 quite popular for its lightweight structure – but engineers acknowledge that addressing their customer demands is possible to lead to a small gain in kerbweight for the new version. The car’s bare metal construction is roughly 50kg heavier than the structure of the current A8.

The new generation Audi A8 will also feature the Traffic Jam Pilot, which has 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 essence of the software are deep neural networks specifically meant for autonomous driving and identification of changing traffic control signals. 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.

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