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Audi's New A8 Will Let Drivers Watch Movies in Traffic

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Delores Daniels | 12 July, 2017, 00:41

A new generation of the Audi A8 has been formally unveiled ahead of the car's retail launch later this year - with a dedicated self-driving mode included.

As I learned during a roundtable media event at the A8's introduction in Barcelona on Tuesday, this BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival doesn't do that - at least under certain conditions.

Audi tell us the system uses the front-mounted camera to detect road imperfections and then adjusts individual electric motors for each wheel to best cater for the changes in the road surface.

After the 2017 A8 hits stores, Audi has also planned to launch the hybrid e-tron model to usher in an eco-friendly auto to expand the A8 lineup.

Unlike other systems such as Nissan's ProPilot, Audi's autonomous driving system will be capable of letting the driver permanently take his/her hands off the steering wheel and do other things like watching the onboard TV. The new system manages starting, accelerating, braking and steering functions. When coupled with advancements in vehicle intelligence, it's no stretch to assume Audi is planting seeds in its customer's minds about riding in the backseat while the A8 drives itself. All of this is made possible thanks to the vehicle being based on 48-volt electrical system, which is being used here for the first time as the main electrical system in the Audi. Some time ago, Volvo stated that it would assume legal responsibility for when its cars are operating fully autonomously, but it hasn't put such hardware in full production yet - it's presently still evaluating its tech in Sweden using its Drive Me test fleet. This latest teaser clip provides the clearest look yet at the new flagship sedan. If a driver becomes too dependent upon the car's autonomy, they're less likely to intervene when the system fails. The suspension's actuators will be programmed so that they can get the data and actively control the electromechanical suspension system before the vehicle negotiates the bump. When you need to park, the A8 can enter a garage or space without anyone present inside - with remote monitoring and activation via the user's smartphone.

The new A8 is the forecaster for where Audi are going - in terms of design and technology - with what Audi are calling "Class Leading" autonomous technology, 48-volt electrics right across the range and much added refinement and technology.

An A8 L e-tron model will also be launched, combining the 3.0 TFSI with an electric motor system.

The back seat is also quite spacious and luxurious, with another touchscreen, angled up toward the rear occupants, featured in the center armrest of the Audi A8 L (long wheelbase).

The new A8 will debut on the German market with two powerful 3.0 TDI V6 engines further optimized. Two eight-cylinder versions - a 4.0 TDI with 435hp and a 4.0 TFSI with 460hp - will follow slightly later. The 6.0-litre W12 version (presumably using a Bentley engine) arrives later. Rear passengers will get a new foot massaging feature and every powertrain will come standard with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. At the front there's a simpler, less cluttered design featuring a 10.1-inch touchscreen and a separate 8.6-inch touchscreen both built into the centre console. Each one is paired to a mild hybrid system that can allow the A8 to coast up to 40 seconds without the engine running, between 34 and 99 miles per hour.

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