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Audi A8 Could Have Level 3 Self-Driving Capability

Autonomous driving technology has been improving in leaps and bounds. In fact, Audi is ready to release their redesigned A8 with Level 3 self-driving capability, but the feature most likely won’t be available at launch.

Currently, the most advanced level of autonomous driving on sale is Level 2 and drivers are required to pay attention at all times when the system is active. MotorAuthority says we’ll be seeing production cars with Level 4 self-driving capability early next decade. The ultimate goal would be to implement Level 5 capabilities, where the car is fully autonomous and has no need for a driver.

So far, only the redesigned Audi A8 has the capability to use Level 3 driving technology. With it, the vehicle will be able to drive itself in heavy traffic conditions at a maximum speed of 37 mph, but oncoming traffic lanes must be separated by a barrier.

This sounds perfect for rush hour commuters, but what’s holding it back is the lack of legal framework for such a system. Even with the technology on hand, the A8 still won’t be offered with Level 3 driving capabilities until local legislations catch up.

Maybe the legal framework will have been established by the time Audi is ready to release the R6.
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Even if it can't be offered due to legal reasons, at least we know that they're working on it and their trying to stay ahead of the game. That's very appreciated and they should be able to iron out the kinks quickly.
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