The 2018 Audi A8 will be able to drive on its own at speeds less than 60 km/h.

Autonomous 2018 Audi A8 Self-Driving Features

Two automakers that continue to make a serious push for complete autonomy in their vehicles are Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Both of the foreign companies have unveiled autonomous, or self-driving cars, but at this point, those vehicles are nothing more than concepts. A blueprint for the future. The real sign of how the companies are progressing can be seen by looking at the autonomous features making their way into actual production models. When those are considered, it’s more clear to see who has a leg up in the race.

Late last year, Audi announced that a future model of the A8 would be getting a number of new upgrades that would allow it to complete some driving tasks all on its own. Just recently, we got an update on the self-driving features of the autonomous 2018 Audi A8, and needless to say, we cannot wait for 2017.

Audi A8 Self-Driving Capabilities

As of right now, many of the self-driving features are still being kept under wraps, and as we are still a few years from the release date, it’s not likely that we will be hearing what the full spread will be for a while yet. We do have a pretty good idea of what will be seen when it finally does arrive, however.

According to the automaker, the 2018 Audi A8 will have the ability to drive itself at speeds of 60 km per hour, and will also be able to complete all aspects of driving such as finding and inserting itself into a parking spot. The speed seems to be a bit inhibiting, but when you consider that most people complete all of their driving the city and that commuter traffic is often low-speed, it’s not really much of a restriction.

The autonomous RS 7 Concept that started it all.

The autonomous RS 7 Concept that started it all.

Self-Driving Audi A8 Release Date

Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi’s board member for technical development, has been the most vocal about the upcoming self-driving car, and although he has also been tight-lipped about what the autonomous new A8 will be capable of, he seems to be positive that 2017 will be the year that we see the car. He has also said that the biggest hurdle for the autonomous car so far has been current legislation. Once the company is able to figure out how the 2018 Audi A8 will operate from a legal standpoint, it should be smooth sailing.

To learn more about the official release date, be sure to check back here on the Audi Royal Oak blog, We will be sure to provide you with more information as soon as it is made available. As we mentioned before, the specific self-driving features will likely be kept secret until the legal situation is figured out as Audi is likely trying to stray from keeping promises that they can’t keep, but regardless of what capabilities the self-driving 2018 Audi A8 is able to produce, we are definitely excited to see what Audi has in store.