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Audi unveils state of the art A8, claims first LiDAR Level 3 vehicle

Audi has unveiled its new A8 luxury sedan, claiming to be the first automaker to ship a production car with SAE Level 3 self-driving capabilities – thanks to LiDAR. From 2018, Audi plans to launch self-driving systems for parking, traffic jams, and parking garage navigation as core features of its new premium vehicles, as the race for self-driving cars heats up. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) defines its levels of automation as follows: Level 0 is ‘No Automation’; Level 1 is ‘Driver Assistance’, such as cruise control, where the car is controlling either speed or steering; Level 2 is ‘Partial Automation,’ includes systems that control both speed and steering, but on the basis that the human driver will be…

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