BARCELONA -- The retooled A8 will become Audi's first production vehicle capable of Level 3 autonomous driving, the company said at the sedan's launch on Tuesday.
Audi becomes the first car company to claim to offer Level 3 capability on a production vehicle, which allows hands-off capability but requires the driver to take back control at any time.
The car can drive autonomously at speeds up to 37 mph (60 kph) in a setting Audi calls Traffic Jam Pilot.
"This will completely change our mobility," Audi sales boss Dietmar Voggenreiter said at the A8's unveiling.
Level 3 autonomous driving is not allowed in Germany, but Audi's CEO, Rupert Stadler, expects that to change next year.