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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 driver’s seat - as has happened on some semi-autonomous systems being trialled now by other manufacturers - or if the driver fell ill. “It can recognise health problems, try to alert the driver and - if they don’t 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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The sedan cruises around the Nürburgring circuit,


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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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