Audi unveils new car with level 3 autonomous driving capabilities


German car manufacturer Audi has unveiled its A8 with Level 3 autonomous driving car capabilities at the Audi Summit in Barcelona, Spain.

Audi’s new car is equipped with NVIDIA’s AI Traffic Jam Pilot system to enable autonomous driving capabilities on crowded highways.

The Traffic Jam Pilot has been designed to manoeuvre the car autonomously at speeds up to 60kmph on freeways and highways.

During piloted driving, a central driver assistance controller (zFAS) relays an image of the car's surroundings using sensor data.

Besides radar sensors, a front camera and the ultrasonic sensors, Audi is the first car manufacturer to make use of a laser scanner.

The system alerts the driver to take control of the car when it reaches its limits.

Audi Board chairman Rupert Stadler said: “The car of the future will make its occupants’ life easier with the help of artificial intelligence.”

In addition to the Traffic Jam Pilot, the A8 car features an NVIDIA-powered MIB+ infotainment system and two touchscreens, a second-generation virtual cockpit, and a new rear seat system with Audi tablets and display controllers.

"The car of the future will make its occupants’ life easier with the help of artificial intelligence.”

The vehicle’s AI remote parking and garage pilots autonomously steer it into and out of a parking space or a garage, under driver supervision.

Drivers can also activate the required system from their smartphone using the new myAudi app.

They can also monitor parking manoeuvres by watching a live display from the car’s 360° cameras on their device.

A range of approval procedures and their corresponding timescales will need to be observed worldwide before the system's release.


Image: Audi has unveiled its A8 with Level 3 autonomous driving car capabilities. Photo: courtesy of Audi.