Audi Lets Go of Plan for Level 3 Autonomy
May 5, 2020—Audi was planning to introduce level 3 autonomy to its A8 vehicle but has given up the plans, reported Electrek. Level 3 autonomy would let the driver take his or her eyes off the road and let the car drive.
The change in plans is partly due to the cost and legislative uncertainty. Its patchwork of four processors is costly, according to the report. A report shows that 60 percent of the cost for the A8’s Traffic Jam Pilot system was the cost of semiconductors.
Other automakers are planning on going forward with introducing this level of autonomy. BMW continues to pursue level 3 autonomy or higher in its iNEXT car for next year and Tesla is pursuing a robotaxi service.
Automakers have been dabbling with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) features since as early as 1948. ADAS is a mix of 12 technologies that work with help from three sensors including RADAR, LiDAR and CAMERA. The systems work together to help make cars drive safer and drive more independently.