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Will the 2018 Audi A8 Prove Too Autonomous?

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Dubbed by the company as a "semi-autonomous" vehicle, the 2018 Audi A8 will reportedly allow drivers to watch television as they sit behind the wheel.

That's because the Audi AI Traffic Jam Pilot can effectively take full control of the car when it is traveling at speeds of less than 37 mph -- as long as a physical barrier separates the pair of carriageways.

According to the company, "The traffic jam pilot manages starting, accelerating, steering and braking. The driver no longer needs to monitor the car permanently. They can take their hands off the steering wheel permanently and, depending on the national laws, focus on a different activity that is supported by the car, such as watching the on-board TV."

Before anyone gets too panicky over that state of affairs, bear in mind that the driver will still be required to seize control of the car as soon as the system crosses certain thresholds. Plus, the system will only be able to work within the restrictions and requirements of each marketplace.

The good folks at Jalopnik are a bit skeptical about what it will mean for the car, in Audi's words, to "reach certain limits" before requiring driver intervention, as that can vary from car-make to car-make: Tesla allowed drivers to run the car for several minutes at a time, but Mercedes needed drivers to be fairly consistently hands-on.

In any event, says Audi, the Traffic Jam Pilot will likely be a long time coming.

"The introduction of the Audi AI traffic jam pilot means the statutory framework will need to be clarified in each individual market, along with the country-specific definition of the application and testing of the system."

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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