Germany likely to be first country to allow hands-off-wheel driving

Audi A8- Volcano Red
Audi A8- Volcano Red
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16 July, 2017

Audi's new A8 will become the first production vehicle to take advantage of a new law in Germany that allows drivers to give up full or partial control to their cars if these are equipped with Level 3 or Level 4 autonomous tech. The carmaker revealed that NVIDIA technologies will sit at the core of Audi's zFAS system responsible for driver assistance and various other AI-based (artificial intelligence) features including Remote Park Pilot, Natural Voice Control, Swarm Intelligence, and Traffic Jam Pilot, which was one of the features that drew the most attention from the audience.

In case you are wondering, the Level 3 classification in autonomous driving is described as "eyes off", in which the driver can safely turn their attention away from driving tasks.

The star of the show was the new AI Traffic Jam Pilot which uses an Nvidia SoC as the heart of Audi's zFAS system and combines LIDAR with cameras, radar and ultrasonic sensors, which are processed in the system and lets the auto create a precise environment "model" in order to safely drive autonomously.

Audi A8 – Volcano Red
Audi A8 – Volcano Red

The newest is Audi's new A8, which debuted at the Audi Summit in Barcelona this week. The new German traffic law that allows the use of a vehicle equipped with Level 3 autonomous technology will take effect on June 20, AutoNews reports.

Once level 3 autonomy is in play in the A8, the responsibility for the car's actions will lie with Audi, not the user.

In addition to the autonomous driving features, Nvidia also powers the in-car infotainment system and screens, which are meant to create a "virtual cockpit". The Audi A8 will be the first vehicle to ship with Level 3 self-driving technology and will go on sale in 2018.


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