2016 Audi A8 to have an autonomous driving system - report

Will likely focus on making traffic jams less stressful

Audi has been a pioneering force in the world of autonomous driving, but we haven't seen them deployable on a production model as of yet. That could soon be changing as a new report is indicating the 2016 A8 will take advantage of these advanced systems.

Auto Motor und Sport says the model will incorporate some of autonomous driving systems that were recently shown off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. While the futuristic self-parking system isn't expected to make the cut, their piloted driving system is.

As we have previously reported, the system uses two radar sensors, eight ultrasonic sensors and a wide-angle video camera to fully drive the car for a "limited period of time." The system was designed to make traffic jams less stressful by taking control of the steering, acceleration and braking at speeds up to 60 km/h (37 mph).

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Technology is supposed to AID not HINDER human interaction. Therefore, this is good news from Audi and a return to familiar territory with technological innovations. I remember about two years ago an Audi TT was being driven up Pikes Peak on a Pikes Peak Challenge Stateside to test pilot their ADS kit; obviously it's been worth it! When you want to show-off your new tech kit, do it in a flagship model (A8) and Mercedes does it with the S-class. That should take the weight off my feet in London traffic!
Jan 24, 2013 8:06 am
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You can see that someone record from other car, and always you can see a black LEXUS around. AUDI have choose a good car for presentation of his new system :))
Jan 24, 2013 4:14 am
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i'm sure it will be out before 2016...
Jan 24, 2013 2:45 am
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why buy a car to not drive it?
Jan 23, 2013 9:02 pm
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this is about traffic jams, not all -around driving. you get tired of putting your foot on the breaks all the damn time
Jan 23, 2013 11:39 pm
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because cars driving by themselves are more comfortable and soon they will be also considered to be safer. Like it or not, this is the future of the automotive world.
Jan 24, 2013 3:21 am
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I heared the new s-class can do the same in 2013..
Jan 23, 2013 7:59 pm
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But if this is shown on A6, wouldnt be expected to first find in A6???
Jan 23, 2013 5:54 pm
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Price and target market - buyers of the A8 are more likely to spec this option.
Jan 23, 2013 6:07 pm
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And then why prototype is not shown on A8
Jan 23, 2013 6:47 pm
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too expensive.
Jan 23, 2013 7:10 pm
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they used the a6 to show off the technology. they could have easily used an a4 or a q7
Jan 23, 2013 11:38 pm
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I assume they need the trunk space of the avant for all the PCs ... or are they already making it small enough?
Jan 24, 2013 3:35 am
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