What is Audi Adaptive Cruise Assist?
For more than a decade, the world's major automakers have been pursuing the goal of fully autonomous vehicle operation — a car that can literally drive itself. The goal has proven elusive, in part because regulators are not making decisions about how to implement the technology, but Audi is one of the luxury brands at the forefront of this quest.
As part of the automaker’s changes to its 2021 model lineup, Audi is making its Level 2 “Adaptive Cruise Assist” technology more widely available. It gives vehicles the ability to maintain the proper speed, lane position and following distance on limited-access roads like freeways and Interstates, all with minimal driver intervention.
Audi engineers have been working on this technology for two decades. As long ago as 2005, Audi, in tandem with Stanford University, won the DARPA Grand Challenge for automated vehicles. Then, in 2016, Audi brought Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Level 2 automation to the road with its innovative “Traffic Jam Assist” feature that enables 15 seconds of slow-speed hands-off-the-wheel driving.
The following year in the A8 luxury sedan Audi introduced "Traffic Jam Pilot," a Level 3 automated driving system that gives drivers the option to travel hands-free up to 35 mph when the vehicle determines it is on a limited-access, divided highway. However, this technology, though ready and available, has not received final regulatory approval and Audi has temporarily shelved the system until further notice.