Artificial intelligence is a crucial technology in the development of self-piloted cars; this is why Audi is working closely with leaders of the electronics industry to evaluate various approaches and methods for machine learning. While it sounds like science fiction, the future of driving is coming sooner than you think. Just look at the Audi Q7 deep learning concept on display at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The concept’s name refers to “deep learning,” an important step in the development of artificial intelligence that draws on deep neural networks co-developed by Audi and NVIDIA. The Q7 deep learning concept began with a human driver at the wheel while artificial intelligence gained familiarity with the route and surroundings. The self-piloted car used the driver’s reactions and its training cameras to understand and interpret different scenarios and react accordingly and safely.

Audi and NVIDIA have been working together since 2007, so it only makes sense that they would continue their partnership in developing cutting-edge technologies. Another partner is Mobileye—a leader in the field of image recognition, with whom Audi already has a successful relationship. The ability to recognize a large number of objects—such as lane markings, vehicles, and traffic signs—is an essential component of self-piloted cars.

The traffic jam pilot function, a new feature, will be offered for the first time in a production model in the new A8. A series production first, this will allow the driver to let the vehicle take over full control at times. This is an important and innovative first step that will set the stage for full automation in cars in the years to come. However, you don’t have to wait to see Audi’s groundbreaking technology in action—just visit Audi Honolulu today to test-drive the latest models.

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