New Audi A8’s Self-Driving System Demonstrated In The Real World

By now, everyone and their pets knows that there is a new generation Audi A8 out, but how many know that it has Level 3 autonomous driving?

Well, unless you’re familiar with our coverage of the system, you should know that the manufacturer claims that this is the first car on the market with Level 3, a system that works similar to Tesla’s Autopilot, allowing drivers to relax in congested traffic situations.

The system only works at speeds of up to 60km/h (37mph), and it can take care of the throttle, brake, and steering on its own. Audi claims that it can also handle some not-so-pleasant situations, such as having another vehicle cut in front.

However, drivers shouldn’t relax all the way, because the AI Traffic Jam Pilot, which is Ingolstadt’s slang for autonomous driving, has a system that detects if the person behind the wheel had their eyes closed for a long period of time. And if they had, then the technology will alert them to resume driving, going all the way to fully stopping the A8 in its lane, if ignored.

Now that we’ve covered the basics of the Level 3 autonomous driving, let’s see how it works in the real world, in the hands of automotive journalists, who were allowed to take Audi’s new flagship saloon to Dusseldorf, Germany, in order to test it.


  • pcurve

    If you watch the video, there is a lot of asterisks…

    1. has to be multiple lane highway
    2. cannot have pedestrians
    3. Can’t have traffic light
    4. Needs clear divider from opposite lane.


    what is up with double tier touch screens?!

    • Dennis James

      More screens = more impressive :))

  • Craig

    I would feel FAR more relaxed just driving it myself.

    • Spyderdrifter

      Same here. The moment you put the car in control and it makes a mistake, you’re automatically at fault instead of the manufacturer even if you did everything right.

      • Not so with Audi, which is taking full liability when the autopilot system is engaged; that’s a reassurance the company is taking to ease people into buying its new tech (after all, first adopters are kind of lab rats).
        on the other hand, I’d rather drive myself.

        • Sébastien

          What if it disengages itself and car crashes?
          In this video that was not a 10s heads-up to take control back

          • Vik1ng

            “that was not a 10s heads-up”
            Just because you have 10 seconds does not mean you have to wait 10 seconds…

          • Sébastien

            The video shows an event that needed immediate reaction…
            Else why the rush? One doesn’t use quick response when you still have tons of time for a smooth avoidance

  • baofe

    After watching this tech demo I feel as if it’s just not ready for prime time. It just seems so unpolished and more cumbersome to use like when anytime it detects a small gap in traffic the system shuts off.

  • Tom

    I would feel FAR more relaxed just driving it myself.

    • Knotmyrealname

      I agree Craig…. er, Tom… er, Craig….. errrrmmm….

      • donald seymour

        I thought the same thing.

  • sidewaysspin

    So it’s still very limited, fortunately.

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