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Autonomous Car from Audi

The next generation Audi A8 is about to become the first fully autonomous car when it is released for sale in 2017 – and the technology will be continued by the new A7, A6 and Q8 when they are launched in due course. The fully autonomous function, revealed to be referred to as Traffic Jam Assist, will operate at up to 60km/h (about 37mph) in congested highway traffic and – unlike any system available today – fully control the car without the necessity for input or monitoring from the driver.

In addition to this, a separate Park Assist function will be included and will park the car automatically even when the driver is out of the car, as long as he controls it through an app on his smartphone. A few car manufacturers offer comparable capabilities – BMW provides a remote-parking function in non-U.S. 7-series, and Tesla just added the ability to its cars, including in America. The new A8 will follow the lead of the present A6, A7, and A8 by allowing drivers to take their hands off the wheel at highway speeds for extended periods of time before warning them to retake control.

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The next Audi A8 will employ more aluminium in its construction compared to the releases before, as well as components built from magnesium and carbonfibre. Nonetheless, it is still likely that it will have some additional kilos thanks to the autonomous technology and a proposed hybrid powertrain. The new 2017 Audi A8 is reported to be launched this summer, with sales beginning by the autumn. The German brand’s flagship A8 saloon is extremely famous for its lightweight construction – but engineers concede that giving in to customer demands is probably to result in a small gain in kerbweight for the new version. The car’s bare metal construction is approximately 50kg heavier than the structure of the A8 now.

The soon to be released Audi A8 will also have the Traffic Jam Pilot, which makes use of a central driver assistance controller, or zFAS, with NVIDIA hardware and software. This system will offer drivers the choice to turn over steering, throttle, and braking processes to the vehicle at speeds of up to 35 mph when particular conditions are satisfied, as per to Audi. At the heart of the software are deep neural networks particularly intended for autonomous driving and recognition of variable traffic control signals. The car was trained in limited familiarity with the route and setting with a human driver behind the wheel, with the help of observation and the inclusions of training cameras – this created a correlation between the driver’s reactions and what the cameras themselves observed.