2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: Audi A8

By CARSIFU | 14 September 2017

FRANKFURT: The new Audi A8 is the world’s first series production automobile to have been developed specially for conditional automated driving in line with the definition developed by the autonomous driving standardisation organisation, SAE International.

The Audi AI traffic jam pilot takes charge of driving in slow-moving traffic at up to 60 kph on highways and multi-lane roads with a physical barrier separating the two directions of traffic.


The driver activates the system with the AI button on the center console.

The traffic jam pilot handles starting from a stop, accelerating, steering and braking in its lane.

Drivers no longer have to continuously monitor the car. When certain conditions are met, they can take their hands off the steering wheel for longer periods and can focus on another activities supported by the on-board infotainment system, depending on the legal situation in the respective country.


As soon as the system reaches its limits, the car will require manual driver control again and will prompt the driver accordingly.

In addition to the radar sensors, a front camera and the ultrasonic sensors, Audi is the first car manufacturer also to use a laser scanner.

The introduction of the Audi AI traffic jam pilot requires clarity regarding the legal parameters for each country as well as specific adaptation and testing of the system.

The brand’s high claim to quality also applies to conditional automated driving. In addition, different approval procedures
worldwide and their corresponding time limits must be kept in mind. For these reasons, Audi will initiate series production of the traffic jam pilot in the new A8 incrementally.