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Audi has announced it will sell the new A8, in countries where regulators allow it, with a ‘hands-off, eyes-off’ autonomous driving mode. What that means is at speeds of up to 65km/h you’ll be able to sit back and snooze, read a book or, most likely, play with your mobile phone, while the car does everything else.
Audi has even said it will take legal responsibility for the safety of the driver, because it accepts its software will be responsible for accidents in autonomous mode. Audi Australia knows it’ll be a struggle to get local authorities to legislate such a system, but says it’s keen to get a car here as soon as possible to show state governments what the system is capable of.