The New Audi A8 allows you to watch TV when driving

The New Audi A8 allows you to watch TV when driving

The New Audi A8 allows you to watch TV when driving

THE all-new 2017 Audi A8 will be the first auto on sale that can start, accelerate, steer and brake itself without any human input.

Audi SA confirms that the new A8 will land on our shores in the second half of 2018, with pricing and further specifications to be announced prior to local launch. Though, at least for the MMI display, Audi features a lot of its controls in the digital gauge cluster, which is controllable with the steering wheel, so that should help. It featured unique body panels distinct from the A8 sedan and also lacked a B-pillar, which aided in its imposing, yet elegant stance. The tail lamps are now connected by a long horizontal LED applique that runs through the boot-lid. The new A8's design is inspired by the Audi prologue design study and comes in at 5.17 meters for the standard version or with a 13 centimeter (5.1 in) longer wheelbase in the A8 L guise.

As before, the A8 can also be specified with an extended wheelbase of 13cm, wherein it's badged as the A8L.

In conjunction with the air suspension, which has been fine-tuned for the A8, the innovative suspension concept delivers an entirely new driving experience in this way.

Meant to provide more intuitive use, a new 10-inch touchscreen display will replace the pushbutton and touchpad of the predecessor model on the instrument panel, along with a second touchscreen display on the centre tunnel console for heating and ventilation. The car's sensors and satellite navigation will confirm that conditions are right, after which the driver will activate the function.

In addition to the usual 12-volt electric system found in all cars, the A8 has a 48-volt system.

On the road, the A8 will have a diesel 3.0-litre V6 producing 282bhp or a petrol 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 with 335bhp from launch. On electric power alone, the A8L e-tron can travel up to 50km and also gets an optional Wireless Charging Pad. An 8-speed automatic transmission and Audi's signature quattro AWD system will come standard on all versions. The A8 will reach German dealerships in the fourth quarter.

All five engines operate alongside a belt alternator starter thanks to the 48-volt electrical system. Not exactly. Essentially, all of today's competing systems are Level 2, placing a strict - and generally short - time limit on how long you can go hands-off, typically triggering audible chimes and instrument cluster warnings urging the driver to retake control. Audi's new active suspension is called the AI active suspension, and has components for each wheel for independent adjustment, and the make has even revealed the prices - the 2018 Audi A8 goes this fall at home in Germany for €90,600, or €94,100 if you want the A8 L.

The vehicle goes on sale in September starting from £70,000.

The second innovation technology, active suspension Audi AI, consists of a fully active suspension system.

A host of sensors will be fitted around the new Audi A8.

One rather interesting aspect of the trick suspension is the vehicle's ability to detect when a side impact (from another vehicle) is imminent. It is supposed to make its debut in the USA sometime mid-2018. "Artificial Intelligence" AI traffic jam assist takes over in slow-moving traffic which, says Audi, allows the driver to watch the in-car TV.

The A8 is Audi's flagship luxury sedan, so it's probably only to be expected it will feature such an astonishing piece of technology.

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