Audi's new semi-autonomous driving mode allows drivers to watch TV and take their hands of the wheel.
(CCM) — Drivers of the 2018 Audi A8 can watch television while travelling, thanks to a new semi-autonomous driving mode, Jalopnik reports. But there's a catch — the semi-autonomous Traffic Jam Pilot mode can only be used in traffic moving at less than 37 mph on roads where a physical barrier separates the two carriageways. In practice, that means in heavy traffic conditions only.
But unlike Tesla's Autopilot mode, Audi's Traffic Jam Pilot mode doesn't require that drivers pay attention and keep their hands on the steering wheel. "The traffic jam pilot manages starting, accelerating, steering, and braking. The driver no longer needs to monitor the car permanently. They can take their hands off the steering wheel permanently and, depending on the national laws, focus on a different activity that is supported by the car, such as watching the on-board TV," the company says.
Last year Joshua Brown became the first person to be killed at the wheel of a car being driven in semi-autonomous mode, but his Tesla vehicle was traveling at highway speed, not in slow moving traffic.
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