2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: Ultimate Luxury

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Audi A8
Perhaps the most impressive feature of the new A8, Audi’s Traffic Jam Pilot claims to be the world’s first system that reaches Level 3 automation — requiring no driver input. At speeds below 60 km/h (37.3 mph), the driver can activate the traffic jam pilot system. From that point, the car will automatically handle acceleration, braking and steering, releasing the driver from paying attention to the road. When traffic clears and speeds increase beyond the 60 km/h, the driver will be notified and have 10 seconds to take back control of the car. With so many variables that must be accounted for during automated driving, the Traffic Jam Pilot system will only operate at the previously mentioned speeds and on multilane highways with a physical barrier between the two directions of traffic. The new A8 is going on sale this fall in Europe, but will not be arriving in the U.S. until next summer 2018 as a 2019 model.

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