• CES
  • Jan 12, 2012
Audi had plenty to announce at CES, including the debut of its new Audi Connect system and Touchpad-integrated MMI knob, modular entertainment platform, NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset and its planned expansion of both infotainment and active safety systems.

On the safety front, Audi execs announced plans to introduce a new system dubbed Traffic Jam Assistant, which recognizes when a driver is stuck in start-and-stop traffic and can be switched into an autonomous mode that takes complete control of the steering, acceleration and brakes.

The system uses the front-mounted adaptive cruise control sensors combined with wide-angle video cameras to detect lane markings, other vehicles, barriers and pedestrians, and can control the vehicle without any driver intervention up to 37 mph. Eight ultrasonic sensors also keep tabs on what's in front of and at the sides of the vehicle, with the front sensors not only tracking the vehicle ahead, but – like Nissan's latest Predictive Forward Collision Warning System – several vehicles ahead.

If this all sounds familiar, it should. And so should the name. Mercedes-Benz has been working on a similar system called Traffic Jam Assist, which we sampled in an S-Class last year.

Like Mercedes' system, Audi's implementation should make it to market sometime next year, likely in its refreshed range-topping A8.


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      Andrew
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is the matter with you? Traffic Ops tells me you're driving your car manually. John, the robots attacked my car. What robots? Look in the tunnel. I just came from that tunnel. There are no - What robots? The go****n robots, John!
      jvshenderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      If every car on the road had this, it could probably reduce traffic jams considerably. If everyone could accelerate together and brake together, rather than waiting 5 seconds to look up from their radio/cellphone/watch to notice that traffic has started to move, it would really help.
      scriber72
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dave Bowman: Hello, TJA. Do you read me, TJA? TJA: Affirmative, Dave. I read you. Dave Bowman: Open the driver's door, TJA. TJA: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that. Dave Bowman: What's the problem? TJA: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do. Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, TJA? TJA: This commute is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
      RussellJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now this is a technology I can see a use for. That hour-and-a-half commute (forty-five minutes of which is stop-and-go) would become a LOT more tolerable if I didn't have to stay hyper-focused during that time. I could acutally sip my coffee and listen to some tunes.
      Badfish941
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm surprised at all the people that still think that this technology somehow undeveloped and unreliable. Mercedes Benz had this in the S-class years ago, and you can now buy a SEAT Mii that brake automatically now for 7,500p($11,506) and some of the stuff Google is working on now blows this away. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_Op3HvakKc http://fwd.channel5.com/fifth-gear/videos/road-tests/seat-mii
      clquake
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, what I'm hearing is that I'll be able to jump into the back seat and watch dvd's with my kids.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Robert Fahey
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really want to know how these systems will hold up to a legal challenge when someone is killed.
      Timotheus
      • 2 Years Ago
      What happens when the driver is busy checking their stocks and traffic lets up and he's so engulfed in his dividends that he doesn't remember to take control of the car back?
      GearheadGeek
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting... I wonder what the car will do when traffic opens up, it gets to the 37-mph set point and starts trying to alert the driver to take over but he's too busy on a Very Important Call on his cell phone to be interrupted by the "stupid computer" in the car...
        k9182
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GearheadGeek
        If I had to guess, it keeps operating the car at 60 km/h or below.
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      In other words, audi will accelerate all by itself.....
      Ragan Li
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is gonna be big in China. Lots of Audis and lots of jams
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