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Audi presents Autonomous driving concepts at the IAA
Ingolstadt - Progress in three levels: Audi is
showcasing its autonomous driving strategy at the
IAA 2017. The new Audi A8 incorporates conditional
automated driving at level 3 as standard. Two
concept cars will also be demonstrating the Audi
vision for level 4 and level 5. They also provide
insights into the brand’s future Audi AI
technologies. Other production models – from sporty
to ultra-efficient – round off the motor show
presence of the brand with the four rings.
Conditional automated driving at level 3 as
standard: the new Audi A8
new A8 is the world’s first volume-production car to
be designed for conditional automated driving at
level 3 in accordance with international standards.
On highways and multi-lane motorways with a physical
barrier separating the two directions of traffic,
the Audi AI traffic jam pilot takes over the driving
task in slow-moving traffic up to 60 km/h (37.3
The system handles starting from a stop,
accelerating, steering and braking in its lane. If the driver
has activated the traffic jam pilot at the AI button on the
center console, they can take their foot off the accelerator and
their hands off the steering wheel for longer periods. Unlike at
level 2, they no longer need to monitor the car permanently and,
depending on current national regulations, can turn to other
activities supported by the on-board infotainment system. The
driver must remain alert and capable of taking over the task of
driving when the system prompts them to do so.
Audi AI traffic jam pilot is based on two
technologies, which Audi is the first manufacturer
anywhere in the world to incorporate as standard:
The central driver assistance controller (zFAS),
which generates an image of the surroundings while
driving by fusing sensor data. At the same time, a
second data fusion takes place in the radar control
unit. Meanwhile, the laser scanner, the second
innovation, provides detailed information on
vehicles cutting in and on the roadside peripheral
structures, for instance.
Introduction of the Audi AI traffic jam pilot
requires both clarity regarding the legal parameters
for each country and specific adaptation and testing
of the system. Moreover, varying worldwide
homologation procedures and their deadlines must be
observed. For these reasons, Audi will initiate
series production of the traffic jam pilot in the
new A8 incrementally, depending on the legal
situation in the respective country.
Highly automated at level 4: concept car with new
This Audi study is an SUV coupé measuring 4.90
meters (16.1 ft) long. Based on the Audi e-tron
Sportback concept, it adopts the concept’s dynamic
lines, the progressive lighting technology, the
functionally elegant interior and the electric
quattro drive with three electric motors and a
combined peak output of 370 kW.
new highlight of the study are intelligent
technologies which reduce the driver’s workload and
open up many opportunities for spending time in the
car pleasantly and usefully. These systems are
summarized under the term Audi AI and, in many
cases, use strategies from the field of artificial
intelligence and machine learning. They are
networked seamlessly with the cloud and with other
vehicles (car-to-X) – giving them the capability to
learn and think in a proactive and empathetic way.
Thanks to these systems, the driver gains more time,
more safety, more efficiency and more customization.
For highly automated driving at level 4 the SUV
coupé uses a next-generation zFAS. It provides
information for the highway pilot which can take
over the driving task at speeds up to 130 km/h (80.8
mph) and automatically change lane.
Autonomously on course for the future: concept car
drives at level 5
second Audi concept car for the IAA is heading
autonomously into the future. It offers its
occupants entirely new freedoms where they no longer
have to concentrate on road traffic. Passengers can
use the extra time on something other than driving.
To this end, the show car combines many new features
in the area of connectivity, communication and
operation, which make traveling extremely
comfortable. Thanks to Audi AI these systems are
intelligent and forward-thinking.
new concept car from the Ingolstadt-based automaker
is designed primarily for long journeys. It is
powered by four electric motors. The car is situated
in the D segment, the automotive top tier, and has a
range between 700 and 800 kilometers (435.0 - 497.1
mi). The interior and exterior design of the
full-size model is spectacular and groundbreaking.
It offers brand-new possibilities which an
all-electric, self-driving car opens up for
(Sept. 8, 2017)