INGOLSTADT, Germany -- Audi's new A8 flagship, which goes on sale in the U.S. this fall, will have advanced autonomous driving technology and will mark the start of a new styling direction for the brand.
The A8's Level 3 autonomous function will let the car take over driving in heavy traffic at speeds up to 37 mph.
The A8 will be able to drive autonomously in countries where it is legally allowed, said CEO Rupert Stadler. The A8's Level 3 feature, which SAE calls "conditional automation," means drivers can take their eyes off the road to do other tasks but must be prepared to take control when needed.
Other advanced features on the sedan will be a new operating system that Audi says will be highly intuitive and use "ground-breaking" computing power.
The A8's central driver assistance controller, developed by Audi and supplied by Delphi, will be the brains behind all the driver control functions and enable the automated driving. It will also eventually wirelessly send information about driving styles to a cloud server to help Audi improve the automated functions.