A8 to ‘turn off’ self driving
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.”
REACTIVE New limo could switch selfdriving tech on or off according to local laws