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Old 15th July 2016, 08:03   #1
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The next-generation Audi A8 is set to be the first fully autonomous car when it goes on sale in 2017

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The fully autonomous function, reported to be called Traffic Jam Assist, will operate at up to 60km/h (about 37mph) in congested motorway traffic and - unlike any system currently available - fully control the car without any input or monitoring from the driver. A separate Park Assist function will also be available and will park the car automatically with the driver outside of the car, controlling it via an app on their smartphone.
The technology will filter down into the new A7, A6 and Q8 as they are subsequently launched.

Audi is believed to have taken the decision that it is willing to take liability for any incidents when the car is in its self-driving mode, although the driver will still be responsible for the car in other semi-autonomous situations.

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A new in-car screen system is believed to have been developed to clearly identify to the driver when the fully autonomous Traffic Jam Assist mode is operating, with Audi reportedly having worked with aviation experts to develop the visuals after it was discovered that most aircraft incidents are attributed to the pilot not realising what modes their planes were in.
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The system will use a camera to monitor the driver continuously and is capable of pulling the car off the road and to a stop if necessary. Incidents that would trigger the fail-safe system include if a driver climbed out of the driverís seat - as has happened on some semi-autonomous systems being trialled now by other manufacturers - or if the driver fell ill. ďIt can recognise health problems, try to alert the driver and - if they donít respond - pull the car over and alert the emergency services
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neat stuff!. Another related article - http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20160714-audis-minimalist-future. This article talks about some of the technologies in such cars.
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Kudos to Audi for taking the brave first move.

Autonomous cars have been around since the 80s, Merc had been running an autonomous S class since the 80s, but the only stumbling block was the legal aspect of whose to be blamed in an accident.

Now, Audi has shown the way for other companies.
Though global adaptability is a Big question.

Heck, even now India bans radar based adaptive cruise systems. (Gadkari had promised Merc that he will look into the matter, no news on that front)
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2018 Audi A8 to get lots of Prologue touches, the Q7's strong influence on the design, especially in front.
The fascia is home to a wide hexagonal grille and aggressively canted headlights. The taillights will likely be a similar shape to the Q7's, but the LED pattern is dramatically different – we can almost see individual elements on this A8, whereas the Q7 is more of a light-ribbon design.
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It could be Audi or Mercedes or Apple or Google or Tesla.
There are a lot of OEM's in the race currently developing autonomous driving cars. Mercedes has already a few of their cars and trucks driving in the state of Nevada. I think the biggest hurdle is with the authorities legalizing autonomous cars to be driven on roads with the normal-human driven cars. Until this I guess a lot of OEM's would have street ready autonomous cars.
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New Audi A8 Expected To Debut Company's Virtual Dashboard Technology.

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A key features of Audi's virtual dashboard is that its touchscreens utilize haptic feedback meaning an operator can feel when they have enabled a function, rather than aimlessly tapping and prodding at a screen that gives no sensory feedback.
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I hope security has been given topmost priority. What if these over the air upgrades can hijack the car and make them behave complete autonomous :(

Hopefully they will keep key systems separated. There need to be open interfaces and products that could be integrated on other manufacturer's car to make them more transparent.

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Audi Confirms 2018 A8 Debut Date For July 11, 2017.

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A photo-shop rendering of Audi A8!

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New Audi A8 to be the first truly autonomous production car!

Audi A8 to be revealed this summer and sales to start by end 2017. Will be with 'level 3' autonomy and mild hybrid engines

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The next Audi A8 will use more aluminium in its construction than ever before, as well as components made out of magnesium and carbon fibre - but itís still likely to gain a few kilos because of autonomous tech and a proposed hybrid power-train.
The carís bare metal construction is around 50kg heavier than the structure of the existing A8.
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Three key factors are said to have caused the new Audi A8's increase in mass. The first is the requirement for a full-length panoramic sunroof, because this demands extra bracing to avoid chassis flex.

The second is the extra autonomous technology that will feature on the next A8; itíll use 48-volt electrics to power an army of sensors, but the additional electronics and cameras will add extra bulk.

The third factor is alternative powertrains; Audi will introduce at least a plug-in hybrid version of the A8, and the batteries for that vehicle bring a Ďdouble whammyí in weight gain - the units themselves are hefty, but the amount of extra protection they require adds kilos to even the A8ís bare shell
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To minimise the gain, Audiís engineers are using more aluminium than ever before
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Audi A8 spied in minimum camouflage, speculation of a July 11 launch.

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2018 Audi A8 can be driven with the engine off at 100 MPH.

The coasting function works between 34 and 100 mph (55 and 160 kph) to save precious fuel.

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Standard across the entire range will be a mild hybrid system consisting of a water-cooled 48-belt alternator starter mounted on the front side of the engine and complementing the regular pinion starter. Audi points out the latter will only kick in during cold starts. Also part of the mild hybrid setup will be a lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the trunk with a 10-Ah charge carrier capacity and a 48-volt system.
All details will be known on July 11th.

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2019 Audi A8 teased ahead of July 11 reveal

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Audi will unveil the new, fourth-generation A8 on July 11 at an event in Barcelona, Spain.


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2018 VW A8 to feature the 48V mild hybrid system as standard.

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Audi's A8 advances the mild hybrid technology.

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A small 48-volt lithium-ion battery (roughly the same size as the carís 12-volt battery) powers a water-cooled, belt-driven motor-generator that replaces a conventional alternator .
As in the SQ7 TDI, a conventional 12-volt starter motor is still on board, but thanks to higher voltage, Audi says the A8ís belt-driven machine lets the engine start quicker and more smoothly.
When coasting between 34 and 99 mph, the engine shuts off for up to 40 seconds.
The system also activates the stop-start feature more aggressively when rolling at speeds below 14 mph. Audi wonít say how much its 48-volt system contributes to fuel economy and power improvements other that it can save seven-tenths of a liter for every 100 kilometers.
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Eventually, Audi plans to put 48-volt primary systems into every car it makes. Before that happens, secondary 48-volt systems will start running stereos, window heating, and various pumps and compressors as new models and refreshes arrive. The company, however, admits that electronic control units and lights will stick to 12-volt power for ďwell into the future.
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