11 Jul '17, 5pm

The Audi A8: the World's First Production Car to Achieve Level 3 Autonomy

The Audi A8: the World's First Production Car to Achieve Level 3 Autonomy

The 2018 Audi A8, just unveiled in Barcelona, counts as the world’s first production car to offer Level 3 autonomy. Level 3 means the driver needn’t supervise things at all, so long as the car stays within guidelines. Here that means driving no faster than 60 kilometers per hour (37 mph), which is why Audi calls the feature AI Traffic Jam Pilot. Go ahead, Audi’s saying, read your newspaper or just zone out while traffic creeps along. Take a look at the company’s promotional video. Beginning around the 3:55 mark you’ll see an indulgent father who ends up horsing around with his kid in the back seat. When the car up ahead stops, the A8’s AI hits the brakes in time to avoid rear-ending it. Other cars now on the market may physically allow the driver to zone out, too, but not without squawking a lot. “Put your hand on the wheel within five seconds, Buster, or I’m pulling over ...

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