The Ingolstadt-based automaker is among those keenly interested in automated driving – the new A8 will be capable of Level 3 autonomous driving soon.
The new flagship sedan is actually the first in the world to offer Level 3 autonomous technology capabilities, able to assume driving functions in limited situations, and the driver can take the hands off the wheel. For the time being, it will work at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour on limited-access divided highways. Now the automaker is also introducing a six-week program in Germany where regular folk can experience the future via a one-hour journey in “Jack” – an Audi A7 Piloted Driving autonomous prototype.
Passengers will be taken from the Munich airport on a preset route that includes the A9 Autobahn, where the car can speed up – Audi says the special A7 is secure after being tested on three continents since 2015 and is capable of “cooperating with other road users.” Audi says the candidates are selected “via various communications channels, including the social media sites run by Audi Germany.” There’s also a chance for premium clients – Audi Business Innovation has a raffle for users of the Audi on demand premium mobility service.