The 2016 Audi A8 will be getting a semi-autonomous system and will be able to detect open spaces and park itself. Audi’s research & development chief Ulrich Hackenberg talked to Autoweek and described the semi-autonomous A8 as being “very close to production” and will be unveiled by the end of 2016. He didn’t go too much into details but did say the vehicle will be able to drive itself at speeds of up to 37 mph (60 km/h).
Needless to say, 37 mph doesn’t sound that much but as Audi of America president Scott Keogh points it out, “if you think about the average daily commute, most of it takes place at relatively slow speeds.” Hackenberg added that 37 mph will only be the starting point of the system and as time will pass by, more and more features will be added and the functionality of the system will be enhanced.
The 2016 Audi A8 will be a semi-autonomous system and eventually will evolve to enable highway speeds while a fully autonomous mode is still several years away since current technology cannot match the complexity of such a system which depends on so many external factors.
Note: 2014 Audi A8 facelift official design sketch pictured.