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    Audi takes lead in automated driving, others wary

    Audi is taking a lead in bringing more automated driving to roads, but rivals seem in no rush to follow while legal and regulatory uncertainties still cloud the technology.

    At the Frankfurt car show, Audi paraded the A8, which can drive itself under certain conditions, decide when to change lanes and does not always require drivers to monitor the road - though they must be ready to intervene at the sound of an alarm.

    On a scale where zero is a fully manual car and five a fully autonomous one, the A8 is a level three, putting it ahead of level two features offered by Tesla and General Motors.

    Struggling to emerge from the shadow of parent Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal, Audi is badly in need of a new prestige model and a marketing coup.

    "It's gratifying that we are able to set a positive sign for real 'Vorsprung durch Technik'," said research and development chief Peter Mertens, referring to Audi's advertising slogan meaning "advancement through technology".

    But with special approval still required almost everywhere to drive such a car, and question marks over how quickly the driver has to take back control - and who is responsible during handover - some rivals are sceptical about whether the market is ready.

    "Who will accept to pay for something that they can use only in extremely limited conditions?" asked Didier Leroy, European chairman of Japanese carmaker Toyota.

    "The fact that Audi is introducing this one now doesn't mean that we will rush in the coming months to say that we are able to do it too. That is not our logic," he told Reuters at the car show.

    Among the A8's new features is the "traffic jam pilot", which can completely control driving at up to 60km/h on a divided highway.

    The German company expects customers will be able to use all the model's self-driving functions next year or in 2019. It is applying for approval country by country, starting with Germany, a spokesman said during the show.

    Audi thus hopes to leapfrog Tesla, whose Autopilot technology suffered a major blow when a driver using it was killed in a crash, and GM, whose Super Cruise feature to be offered this autumn will allow limited hands-off driving at highway speeds on limited access roads like dual carriageways.

    In the wake of the crash, Tesla said the driver was using Autopilot in conditions for which it was not intended, and US regulators said carmakers should take steps to make sure semi-autonomous systems are not misused.

    Hands on the wheel

    Regulatory regimes vary widely across the world and, in the United States, even from state to state, creating a headache for manufacturers. Some authorities would rather they held back.

    "We're very concerned about the idea that drivers will be encouraged to pay even less attention than they already are and that manufacturers are rolling out these systems without existing federal standards," Linda Bailey, executive director of the US National Association of City Transportation Officials, told Reuters.

    Florida, seen as the least restrictive state, has essentially legalised all forms of autonomous driving without the need for a permit or insurance requirements. New York, at the other end of the spectrum, has a law that demands drivers always have at least one hand on the wheel.

    Michael Jellen, president of Velodyne, which develops lidar sensing technology that is used in autonomous cars, said the industry still had a long way to go.

    "When they truly launch a hands-free, driver disengagement system, that's when we think (the industry) will have evolved," he said in an interview. "Today, when someone has their hands on the wheel and their foot ready to brake, I call that driving."

    In Europe, Germany is the pioneer, having passed a law in May that legalises autonomous driving in principle as long as a licensed driver is behind the wheel - although approval still has to be sought for individual models.

    German politicians hope to persuade the European Union to adopt common regulations to speed adoption of autonomous driving and prevent self-driving systems from having to switch themselves off or change parameters when they encounter national borders - so-called geofencing.

    German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt hosted ministers from France and Luxembourg at the Frankfurt show on Thursday to establish a cross-border testing ground.

    Grey zone

    In an attempt to address one area of uncertainty, Audi says it will assume liability for any accidents that happen when its automated driving technology is in use. But it will come at a price, although Audi has not yet fixed premiums for level three technology.

    Though level three, unlike level two, means theoretically the driver need no longer monitor the road while the car is in charge, the need to potentially jump in to take control limits the activities the driver can do when not in charge.

    A risk is that drivers relax their guard too much.

    "It sets an expectation to the driver that the computer is in control - that's what level three means. It means I can sit back and read a book," said Gartner analyst Mike Ramsey.

    Autopilot features have long been used in aeroplanes, but the situation is very different there, where a pilot typically has plenty of time to react.

    "It's very, very rare to face another plane coming just in front of you and just to react in two seconds to avoid a crash. In the car, it's possible," Toyota's Leroy said.

    Even then, the hand-off from computer to pilot can be bungled, resulting in crashes such as an Asiana flight into San Francisco in 2013 that killed three people and injured scores.

    Some question the worth of introducing level three at all at this stage.

    Can the grey zone be overcome?

    German automotive supplier Continental, with 1.2 billion euros in assisted driving component sales last year, said industry experts were questioning whether the grey zone in which neither the driver nor the car was clearly in control could be overcome.

    "There is a discussion going on at the moment as to whether one shouldn't skip level three after implementing level two," Chief Executive Elmar Degenhart told Reuters at the show.

    Bosch, the world's biggest automotive supplier, said it was seeing great demand for level three technology.

    Yet at its presentation at the show, it did not talk about autonomous driving in general, but rather only particular applications to solve particular problems, such as an automated valet parking garage it has built with Mercedes maker Daimler in Stuttgart, which should go into service next year.

    "Everything we do in driver assistance has a mass-market use," Bosch mobility chief Rolf Bulander said. "We're not interested in inventing things that will become reality only in a decade."

    France's PSA Group, which is developing autonomous driving technology with partners for its future Peugeot, Citroen, Opel and DS vehicles, said there was still value in technology that needed human oversight and regular intervention - with the right framework of rules.

    "It still allows you to send and receive emails or read, even while staying on the alert," programmes and strategy chief Patrice Lucas told Reuters. "The biggest hurdles are regulatory."

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    Watched Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tons of Audi product placement. New A8 featured as well.




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    Audi A8 2017 review

    Should I buy one?

    Audi sold 177,566 cars in the UK last year and around 1600 of those sales were of its flagship model. Not a lot, then, but the A8’s significance as a brand builder earns it an extraordinary portion of the R&D budget, not least because of the competition it faces.

    At £69,100, the base A8 50 TDI slots neatly into the gap between the £67,940 BMW 730d xDrive and Mercedes’ £72,205 S350d AMG Line. Performance between the three is roughly matched, but the Audi’s combined economy of 50.4mpg lags behind its compatriots by a fraction. This is unlikely to concern most buyers, who will care more about the car’s ability to isolate its occupants from the outside world and glide across the ground as if by magic. For the most part, this new A8 manages both with aplomb.

    However, getting to the bottom of this car’s technological capabilities – on which so much of its appeal ultimately rests – will require the time and familiarisation that only a test on home soil can offer. We hope to undertake such an appraisal by the end of the year, but first impressions suggest Audi has delivered a car that’s intuitive to use and undemanding to drive, despite its enormous complexity and size.

    Audi A8 50 TDI quattro

    Where Valencia, Spain; On sale December; Price £69,100; Engine 2967cc, V6, turbocharged diesel; Power 282bhp at 3750-4000rpm; Torque 443lb ft at 1250-3250rpm; Gearbox 8-spd automatic; Kerbweight 1975kg; Top speed 155mph; 0-62mph 5.9sec; Fuel economy 50.4mpg; CO2 rating/BIK 145g/km,28%; Rivals BMW 730d xDrive, Mercedes-Benz S350d AMG Line

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    Driven: Audi's new A8 is a tech tour de force

    It would be tempting to describe Audi’s new A8 in numbers. Like the four electric motors used in its active suspension system, its level three autonomous driving ability, the 24% improved torsional rigidity, the 48 volt electrical system, and the four-wheel steering. And that’s just to mention a handful of them.

    Such figures make for impressive bragging rights in the luxury sedan league, where rivals like the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S-Class loom large with imposing numbers of their own.

    The Audi’s level three autonomous driving in particular moves the game forward, as the A8’s the first volume production car with the ability to assume full driving control in stop-and-go traffic up to 60km/h. This Traffic Jam Pilot system will be introduced as different countries’ laws allow for it, but unfortunately it wasn’t a feature fitted to the test cars on the A8s I drove at the international launch in Spain last week.

    The fourth-generation A8 can also park itself, automatically swerve or brake to avoid traffic accidents, and the ignition can be operated with a smartphone instead of a traditional key. A novel new safety feature is that the air suspension instantly lifts one side of the car by 8cm when it senses an impending side collision, using the stonger bottom sill to better absorb the impact than would the doors.

    With its adaptive air suspension and double-glazed windows the big sedan glides along with whisper-smooth serenity - even more so with the optional AI active suspension which scans the road ahead and preemptively sets the dampers to better absorb upcoming humps. It’s a remarkably effective system, flattening out small bumps almost as if they weren’t there so that the boss sitting in the back seat won’t spill his or her drink.

    The boss will however wish to take the wheel from time to time as the A8 has a surprisingly nimble nature for such a large car, especially when fitted with the optional rear-steering wheels. These turn in the same direction as the front wheels to improve high-speed stability, and opposite to the fronts for increased cornering agility, while at the same time giving the car a tighter turning circle than even the much smaller Audi A4.

    Relatively sharp steering also gives this luxury Audi the cornering manners of a smaller and lighter car.

    It’s an exceptionally refined car behind those soft-closing doors, even in the diesel model. The higher-end petrol versions also get active noise cancellation which is effectively like pressing the mute button on the outside world.

    All models put the power down via eight- speed tiptronic auto and quattro drive, and the all-turbo engine line up starts with a 3-litre V6 diesel with outputs of 210kW/600Nm, a 3-litre V6 petrol with 250kW/500Nm, a 4-litre petrol V8 with 338kW/660Nm, and topped by a 6-litre W12 that musters 430kW/800Nm. Petrol-electric hybrid versions will also be launched later.

    These are the first cars to use Audi’s confusing new naming convention, moving away from engine size in favour of two-digit numbers that hint at the power output range. For instance the 3-litre turbodiesel’s called the A8 50 TDI and the 4-litre V8 is badged the A8 60 TFSI.

    Audi says the A8 introduces a new design language, but though it’s no radical departure from the norm it does bring some new styling elements to a brand that had lately been following the one-bratwurst-cut-into-different-lengths theme for its various vehicle ranges.

    The enlarged single frame grille is a gulping whale shark mouth of a thing that makes a fittingly bold statement for a grand sedan, and another leap into design derring-do is the light strip connecting the 3D-look rear lights.

    The car’s lights also come alive with a theatrical show when you lock or unlock it with either the standard key or the smartphone app, especially in the top-of-the-line version with HD Matrix LED headlights including Audi laser light and rear lamps with OLED technology.

    Inside, the cockpit has adopted a futuristic Star Trek look, with digital screens everywhere. Apart from the digitised instrument panel there are two large tablet-style infotainment screens on the dashboard - all of which minimises the number of physical buttons needed. Sometimes such systems require a lot of meandering through complicated menus but I found the A8’s command centre generally quite straightforward to use, with quick-access icons for the most important features.

    The voice control also recognises more natural speech. For instance you can say “I’m cold’’ and your friendly digital hostess will ask what temperature you would prefer, and sets it accordingly. Or you can ask it/her to make the satnav seek out restaurants in the area.

    There’s a detachable tablet in the back seat for controlling various infotainment functions as well as comforts like the window blinds. Legroom is bountiful as you’d expect in a car measuring 5.17 metres long and there’s even more in the long wheelbase model which adds an extra 13cm of length.

    The finely-finished cabin has a relaxed and uncluttered vibe that Audi refers to as ‘tranquility and reduction’, and the pampering options include rear seats that give massages and can be angled for more comfort, and there’s even a foot massager available.

    So it’s truly a technological tour de force, but the new A8 is much more than impressive gadgets and numbers; it also nails the luxury part of the equation with its superb refinement and ride comfort.

    What rand numbers Audi puts on all this will be revealed when the new A8 is launched in South Africa in the second quarter of next year.

    https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/lates...force-11641905

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    DRIVEN: Audi A8 50 TDI quattro

    Before commencing anything Audi A8-related (the design, the drive, the technology), there’s one burning question that has to be answered: does the latest iteration of Audi’s halo saloon have what it takes to topple the Mercedes-Benz S-Class from its lofty perch? In the context of a first drive, the usual approach is to set out a suitably measured stance; waiting to spend a spot more time on the familiar side of similarly familiar roads. But the new Audi A8 has seen me walk away impressed enough to say that it’s got the goods to best its longstanding rival.

    Subtle substance

    Flashiness is not Audi’s style when it comes to its halo model, so aesthetically the A8 has always been something of a stealth über saloon, sitting firmly in the conservative, neatly creased sheetmetal framework of its stablemates. The only break from tradition being at the back, where the now bridged OLED brakelamps mark unlocking the car with an eye-catching swirl graphic. The A8’s cabin is one of the best in its bracket, sporting clean lines and uncluttered surfaces – the latter being especially aided by a dash that largely dispenses with analogue controls in favour of a pair of TFT screens. The cabin’s ambiance isn’t as flashy as that of the S-Class, but it’s bank vault-solid, beautifully crafted and as NVH-resistant as you could hope for.

    Driver engagement

    Although torsionally stiffer than its forebear and possessed of plentiful all-wheel grip, the A8 made its two-tonne kerb weight very much apparent when thrown into tight bends such as those encountered on mountain sections of our launch drive. Even so, it’s fairly nimble for something of its size. The steering’s direct but slightly artificial feel lends a surprising pointiness to the helm when the rear-wheel steering system chimes in, adding a welcome degree of engagement to proceedings that the softer S-Class can’t quite match.

    Softly spoken but packing a punch

    And the 3,0-litre V6 turbodiesel is an impressively refined and torquey unit that’s coupled with a buttery-smooth eight-speed auto ‘box. Leaving Audi’s drive select system in its comfort setting does present some electronic lag to the throttle, but things sharpen up considerably when nudged into sport. Barring a distant diesel purr from the nose, the engine is otherwise whisper-quiet and the tell-tale vibration through the pedals and steering wheel is pleasingly absent. While the 210 kW on offer sits squarely in the “adequate” bracket, the V6’s 600 N.m of torque ensures that there’s plenty of overtaking punch on offer.

    Ride revisited

    When it comes to ride quality, the Audi A8 has always exhibited a stiffer, more fidgety demeanour than its Stuttgart rival, but the standard air suspension system has had a spot more softness dialled in. Although still erring on the stiff side, the A8’s suspension setup largely made short work of the patchwork of surfaces on the rural roads we drove. The optional AI-driven active suspension system utilises the A8’s laser/radar scanner array that oversees an electric motor at each wheel that alters the damping in accordance with road conditions. The result is that road imperfections up to 5 cm in height encountered at moderate speeds are all but ironed out, while bumps over 12 cm are relegated to the slightest jostle and a distant thump from the wheelarches.

    A new leader?

    In contrast to the showier Mercedes, the A8, with its raft of technologies and finely crafted innards wrapped in a classy but conservative shell, is perhaps the more cerebral choice. But given its virtues, among which is a considerable improvement in ride quality, the S-Class may have to trade on more than just its badge and cossetting nature to see off Ingolstadt’s impressive newcomer…

    Fast facts

    Model: Audi A8 50 TDI quattro
    Price: TBA
    Engine: 3,0-litre, V6, turbodiesel
    Power: 210 kW @ 3 750 r/min
    Torque: 600 N.m @ 1 200-3 250 r/min
    0-100 km/h: 5,9 seconds
    Top Speed: 250 km/h
    Fuel Consumption: 5,6 L/100 km
    CO2: 152 g/km
    Transmission: 8-speed automatic
    Maintenance Plan: TBA
    ETA: Q2 2018

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