While the big news from Audi this week has been the development of the first production-ready autonomous vehicle, the redone A8 introduced has much more headline-making technology stuffed inside.
So the driver no longer has to monitor the driving task in a traffic jam up to 60 kilometers per hour (37 miles per hour); you just sit back and relax. That’s new. Therefore we needed a new architecture. We now have a central computing unit for drivers’ assistant systems that gathers all the sensor data in one unit.”
Stylistically, the new A8 follows an evolutionary path with an appearance that blends a number of newly interpreted exterior elements from the earlier Audi Prologue concept car together with time honored cues from earlier incarnations of the Ingolstadt range topper.
Although the claimed capabilities of Audi’s system are fairly modest, the system itself does break new ground for a production vehicle. It appears that Audi will be the first automaker to offer a vehicle equipped with a laser scanning unit, or lidar.