The new generation Audi A8 flagship sedan, according to preliminary plans had to be born in 2017. However, Audi decided to postpone the premiere of new items at least six months: engineers still scratching their heads over how to “grind” autonomous control system, in other words – “autopilot”.
That’s flagship sedan will be the first production model of Audi, which will receive “autopilot”. It is not excluded that the Audi A8 all the world’s first try on the title of the serial “drone” – if in Ingolstadt will not linger with the developments very much for a long time. Most likely, the system of autonomous control Audi will offer as an expensive option. Head of Department Ulrich Hackenberg development company said the publication Autocar, the system – and especially its central control unit – turns at this stage too expensive.
However, the leadership of VW already see a way to reduce the cost of production of “autopilot”. The secret, as usual, hidden in numbers: more than production volume, the cheaper each individual unit. And to increase the volume in VW in the future are going to be equipped with autonomous control systems more massive models, including, for example, VW Golf. It is alleged that the family Golf can be unmanned before the end of this decade.
As for the flagship sedan Audi, then it is developed based on the platform MLB – the same as that used in the new generation of crossover Q7. Promised that the sedan will get the widest range of engines – from four-to W12, some of which will be developed “from scratch.” There will be a hybrid modification may sedan with a pair of electric motors