Audi's new A8 reaches conditional Level 3
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The new A8 flagship sedan from Audi is capable of conditional Level 3 driving aided by the first production use of a LiDAR sensor from Valeo. The company is gradually metering out to markets the car’s piloted driving functions, such as parking pilot, garage pilot, and traffic jam pilot. The introduction of traffic jam pilot depends on local laws and rules related to testing, so with the A8 an important production platform is pushing AV regulatory boundaries and forcing regulatory reaction in a very different way than anyone else.
Traffic jam pilot takes charge in slow-moving traffic at up to 60 km/h (37 mph) on freeways and highways where a physical barrier separates the two directions. With the automated system, the car takes over the task of driving in certain situations, managing starting, accelerating, steering, and braking. Drivers can take their hands off the steering wheel, claims Audi, and, depending on local laws, focus on other activities. Reversion from automated driving to driver control happens if a small interior camera detects that the driver gets tired or falls sleep, if vehicle speed should rise above 60 km/h, or if other complex driving situations arise.
The conditional Level 3 system’s zFAS central driver assistance controller integrates an Intel-WindRiver software stack, inputs from Here Technologies’ navigation servers/software, and high-performance silicon from Nvidia (Tegra K1), Intel-Altera (Cyclon V field-programmable gate array ship), Infineon (Aurix), and Mobileye (EyeQ3 image processor). For traffic jam pilot and many of the advanced driver assistance systems (ADASs), the controller fuses data from 12 ultrasonic sensors on the front, sides, and rear; four 360-degree cameras on the rear, exterior mirrors, and at the top edge of the windscreen; four mid-range radars at the vehicle’s corners; one long-range radar on the front; one infrared camera (night vision assist) on the front; and one laser scanner in the front bumper.
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