The Upcoming 2019 Audi A8 Won't Have Traffic Jam Pilot—But It Will Have a Lot of Other Great Tech

Audi's flagship sedan is a symphony of power, performance, and tons of tech—but one feature it won't have here in the United States? Traffic Jam Pilot, a semi-autonomous technology and the auto industry's first Level 3 system.

Our favorite four-ring automaker had to nix this feature due to an unavoidable tangle of legal and infrastructural issues inherent to the U.S. market. Don't let this get you down, however—there will be plenty of other active-safety tech to enjoy.

 

 

The Tech Behind the 2019 Audi A8—What We Know So Far

  • While the Level 3 system isn't available, the U.S-bound Audi A8 will feature a Level 2 hands-on, eyes-on adaptive cruise control system that automates certain aspects of steering, acceleration, and braking.
  • One innovative feature included with the Level 2 adaptive cruise control is a series of warnings aimed at re-engaging an inattentive driver. This includes audible and visual warnings, as well as physical warnings like brake-taps.
  • There's also an available feature that can detect and react to imminent side impacts—an industry first—whereupon the suspension system automatically raises the chassis more than 3 inches, improving the potential outcome of an impact.

Despite not having a Level 3 semi-autonomous driving system, the upcoming 2019 Audi A8 is full to the gills with advanced technology and driver-assist systems. For those drivers in the Warrington area who are on the lookout for an executive sedan that feels more like a private jet, the 2019 Audi A8 is one to watch—it should be releasing to dealerships like ours in fall of 2018.