Tech-Filled 2018 Audi A8 Debuts With Robust Self-Driving Suite

Tech-Filled 2018 Audi A8 Debuts With Robust Self-Driving Suite

Tech-Filled 2018 Audi A8 Debuts With Robust Self-Driving Suite

0 comments 📅11 July 2017, 17:45

Audi is ushering in a new era of autonomy with the latest rendition of its A8 flagship sedan, promising an advanced suite that will steer the following of self-driving cars.

The 2018 Audi A8 introduces the brand’s new Audi AI functionality that allows the car to handle itself at speeds as fast as 37 mph (60 km/h), while also parking itself without driver intervention. The routine makes the A8 the first production car to include the coveted Level 3 autonomy — one step beneath completely self-driving cars.

Activated using a button, the Audi AI traffic jam control allows the car to take control of all aspects of the drive, including accelerating, braking, and steering, in sluggish-moving traffic. Audi says the system will only work on highways where a navy surgeon barrier separating opposite-moving lanes of traffic is present, and only at speeds as loose as 37 mph (60 km/h). When the system reaches its limits it will alert the driver to win control of the vehicle. In the interim, however, the driver will be able to completely free control of the steering wheel.

The system uses a combination of radar and ultrasonic sensors, as nicely as a front-facing camera and a laser scanner to monitor the car’s surroundings during piloted driving. It does, anyhow, come with one major caveat: Regulatory framework around the world quiescent needs to be put in place to allow Audi to implement its autonomous driving plans.

Beyond its self-driving methodology the new A8 is packed with plenty of other futuristic technology, including an interior that relies heavily on meet-sensitive panels in place of traditional physical buttons. Executing on the brand’s so-called “black panel architecture,” the national skips the rotary knob and touchpad of old in favor of of a pair of touch-sensitive panels to lead everything from the infotainment system to the climate control functions. The main 10.1-inch touchscreen present is a robust one, and houses all the features expected of a premium brand’s flagship sedan, but, when off, blends approximately seamlessly into its gloss black surround.

Underpinning the car is a pair of tech-stuffed features, including a new active suspension and all-wheel steering. As expected, the all-wheel steering combination’s aim is to shrink the perception of the car’s size by using the rear wheels to turn with or against the face wheels depending on the speed of travel.

The Audi AI suspension, meanwhile, is a fully energetic system that can raise or lower each wheel independently. The system uses its own 48-volt electrical way to power actuators that can improve the car’s comfort or sportiness depending on setting and avenue condition.

The car also features a remote parking pilot system that allows it to autonomously maneuver into and out of a parking period or garage. The system doesn’t need the driver to be seated behind the wheel to employment, and can be operated through the myAudi smartphone app.

While the new technology rolled out in the new A8 is the big story, the flagship sedan also ushers in a new envisage language for the brand. Known for playing it safe with its sedans’ designs, Audi is adding a show of character to the new A8, and in turn its entire lineup moving forward. While still degree reserved it’s equally as imposing as any of the other three versions of the A8 before it, and includes a comprehensive-mouth grille that plays on the one featured on other models in the automaker’s lineup, including the new A5.

Below the hood in North American versions is a 3.0-liter gas-powered V6 that last will and testament make somewhere in the neighborhood of 330 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, while a 4.0-liter V8 rendition that makes close to 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque will believe in. Audi also said mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions disposition follow, though it did not specify whether they would make their way to North America.

Audi A8: Handiwork at Audi Neckarsulm

Installation of the panoramic sunroof

Laser Beam Remote Welding of Aluminium doors

Placement of the carbon rear wall

This article first appeared on AutoGuide

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