Next-gen Audi A8 to be the company’s first autonomous vehicle image

The German based automaker Audi will soon introduce its first ever production autonomous car, in the shape of the next generation of the flagship A8.

The development of the next generation of the Audi A8 has been pushed back but it seems that this happened for a good reason as the carmaker is planning to use it as a basis for its first ever production autonomous vehicle. The announcement has been made by the company’s head of product and technology communicators, Stefan Moser, while speaking to the guys from Motoring.

“If we have a proper system it will always be better than human beings. They are not phoning, not looking at pretty girls, no distractions”, said the carmaker’s boss.

In Germany, cars are allowed to drive themselves for short periods of time, at the moment, around 10 seconds, and this is why most active lane departure systems will cut out after a short period. This will change, however, in the near future, and Germany will be followed by some states in the U.S. Audi has already made a huge step into developing autonomous cars with the RS7 Piloted Driving Concept which managed to lap the Hockenheim on itself recently. The next generation of the Audi A8 will be introduced in 2017 as a 2018 model year.