Dr. Peter Mertens, Audi's head of technical development goes a step further, noting that when Traffic Jam Assist is active, "There is no shared responsibility".
German prices for the new A8 will start at 90,600 euros ($103,248) in Germany while the A8 L kicks off at 94,100 euros ($107,236).
Furthermore, the Audi AI remote parking pilot and the Audi AI remote garage pilot autonomously steer the A8 into and out of a parking space or a garage, while the driver monitors the manoeuvre.
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The techno party continues on the outside thanks to HD Matrix LED headlights with Audi laser lighting, and the LED light strip combined with OLED technology at the rear.
The interior of the all-new A8 is created to mimic a luxurious lounge. A large display screen can be attached to the back of the driver and front passenger seats, allowing each to make private phone calls. No "take my apartment" jokes, I promise. "The new A8 will polish the brand's image and line-up at a critical time".
The rotary pushbutton and touchpad has been eschewed in favour of an instrument panel which is largely free of buttons and switches.
The A8 can also engage in intelligent conversation.
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The driver can activate an array of functions in the automobile using a new, natural form of voice control. An AI based autonomous system might be better suited for the navigation, since it might plan a proper route using information from navigation-based apps such as Google Maps.
But more than ever the surface really is just that.
Fitted with Traffic Jam Pilot it can operate on any road where there's a central barrier between traffic directions up to 37mph. Audi says drivers can even watch the on-board TV if that kind of activity is permitted by local laws, but they must be prepared to take back control of the vehicle when the system has reached its limits. They even fire animations as the driver approaches and leaves. If you don't count Fisker's upcoming EV, of course.
The new-gen Audi A8 is continuously connected to the internet. This suspension will work in tandem with a four-wheel steering system that will also help make the vehicle more stable and gives the A8 a turning radius that is smaller than that of the A4.
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Called traffic jam pilot, the self-driving system will not be available when the auto goes on sale, but will instead be rolled out to delivered vehicles once it has been developed further - and when motoring laws change to allow drivers to watch TV from behind the wheel, which could take some time. Similar to the unit found in the SQ7, it's capable of raising or lowering each wheel separately with electric actuators. Audi says that it has also designed a sleek roofline for the vehicle, allowing it to achieve a "coupe-like" shape. But also with a 3.0 TFSI. A V8 model will follow, as will a plug-in hybrid and a range-topping W12. It's not exactly a hybrid, instead it comes with what's called a BAS (Belt Alternator Starter). It also has an extended start/stop function and an energy recovery function. The A8 L e-Tron Quattro will feature the 3.0-litre TFSI engine in combination with an electric motor that will produce a total of 449bhp and 700Nm of torque. Depending on the preferences of the driver and the driving conditions, this system is able to raise or lower each wheel separately using electric actuators. This flexibility allows the characteristics of range from the soft comfort of a classic luxury sedan to the dynamics of a sports vehicle.