2019 Audi A8 Can Self Drive: Are We Ready?

Posted on December 11, 2017
Photo via Audi

Photo via Audi

Whether the 2019 Audi A8 — displayed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show — can drive itself and monitor your surroundings in certain situations, as its capability suggests, remains up to an unknown quantity of legal and regulatory barriers. Audi is still in discussions to greenlight the redesigned sedan's Level 3 capability — a reference to SAE International's six levels of automation, which go from Level Zero to Level 5.

Cars with no self-driving capabilities are Level Zero; by Level 5 they're effectively self-driving pods that shuttle you around. No current production car exceeds Level 2, or partial automation — a classification that even applies to Cadillac's Super Cruise system, which can pilot the car hands-free on certain roads. That's because Level 2 requires the driver to monitor the vehicle's surroundings and take over as necessary. Super Cruise even keeps tabs on drivers to ensure they're doing just that. article here

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