Audi will launch a new A8 in late fall 2017 that it claims will be the first production vehicle with level 3 autonomy. Audi’s “AI traffic jam pilot” can drive all by itself at speeds of up to 37 mph (60 kph). Audi says the 2018 A8 ($100,000+) is the first car to use a LIDAR laser scanner. The AI system handles acceleration, braking, steering and starting from a dead-stop, all without a driver paying attention, but only on roads with a physical barrier separating oncoming traffic.
Tesla’s second-generation, eight-camera “Enhance Autopilot” system ($8,000) will reportedly make Tesla cars fully autonomous by December. Both are eagerly awaited. BI Intelligence reports that 64% of study respondents are “much more” or “somewhat more interested” in a car with self-driving features.
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