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Audi to Introduce Level 3 Autonomous Vehicle This Year

January 06, 2017

Photo courtesy of Audi.
Photo courtesy of Audi.

Later this year, Audi will introduce a Level 3 autonomous vehicle equipped with a first-generation central driver assistance controller in a partnership with chip-maker NVIDIA, Audi announced at CES.

Together Audi and NVIDIA developed an Audi Q7 piloted driving concept vehicle, which uses neural networks and end-to-end deep learning on NVIDIA's artificial intelligence platform to navigate a course.

The vehicle learns from both the road and the driver in every mile it travels and can handle situations such as roadblocks, construction and changes in weather, according to Audi. The Audi Q7 was display at a course that featured a variety of road surfaces, as well as a simulated construction zone and detour indicators.

The next generation Audi A8 will feature Traffic Jam Pilot, which uses a central driver assistance controller, or zFAS, with NVIDIA hardware and software. This system will give drivers the option to turn over steering, throttle, and braking functionality to the vehicle at speeds of up to 35 mph when certain conditions are met, according to Audi.

Audi will expand testing of highly automated, artificial intelligence-equipped vehicles on public roads in California and select states next year.

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