Autonomous Audi knows how to be nice

Autonomous Audi knows how to be nice

Audi’s test research car – dubbed ‘Jack’ – has learned a new trick. In kiwi language you would say he has learned how to not ‘drive like a dick’.

According to the company ‘Jack’ has learned how to show consideration for other road users. “Jack” exhibits a driving style that is adaptive to the given situation, safe and especially interactive – a research car with social competence.

The Audi A7 piloted driving concept technology platform – is now driving more naturally. This is illustrated by the way it confidently deals with hazardous points on the road. ‘Jack’ now passes trucks with a slightly wider lateral gap. It also signals upcoming lane changes by activating the turn signal and moving closer to the lane marking first – just like human drivers would do to indicate their intentions.

‘Jack’ will also – if the situation is appropriate – provide other cars with space to let them lane change in front.

The car is being tested on the digital test site on the A9 autobahn – part of a programme by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. In addition to sensors in the car, signals from the environment give the driver a precise preview of the road ahead.

Audi’s partners for the digital test site on the A9 autobahn, for example, are testing the internal composition and modified material structure of roadside posts. These are to be designed to reflect the radar sensors of cars even from greater distances. In addition, project participants within the scope of the test parameters are studying special traffic signs that allow the test vehicles to localize their positions with high precision within the various driving lane markings.

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