A8 to ‘turn off’ self driv­ing

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THE new Audi A8 may use ‘geo-fenc­ing’ to ac­ti­vate and de­ac­ti­vate its au­tonomous tech­nolo­gies to com­ply with re­gional laws, a se­nior source at the com­pany has sug­gested.

The fourth gen­er­a­tion of the In­gol­stadt brand’s range-top­per of­fers at least the ca­pa­bil­ity of ‘Level 3’ au­ton­omy, where the driver can fo­cus on other ac­tiv­i­ties at speeds of up to 37mph on multi-lane high­ways. How­ever, Audi board mem­ber for Sales and Mar­ket­ing, Di­et­mar Voggen­re­iter, has ad­mit­ted that frag­mented global rules on au­ton­omy mean the car it­self may be forced to de­cide when its full func­tion­al­ity is avail­able.

“We would use geo-fenc­ing; we know where the car is, and when the car crosses a bor­der we would then switch it [au­tonomous func­tion­al­ity] off or on, as ap­pro­pri­ate,” Voggen­re­iter said. “The tech­nol­ogy is avail­able. But our wish is that ev­ery­where will al­low it in the long run.”

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