‘It was difficult for me to hand over control for the first time’, explains Daniel Reitzig as he recalls his first test drive in the new Audi A8. Because a good two years ago, he was told to put his hands away from the steering wheel. Since then, the 29-year-old mechanical engineer has been responsible for the care of the laser scanner and the front radar sensor – from the start of the project right through to sign-off for the customer. The Audi A8 is the first car that is capable of Level 3 autonomous driving – thanks to the front radar sensor. And Reitzig puts it to the test.
Its large included angle is able to identify objects, such as vehicles moving out of line, very early on, and sends the information to the central driver assistance control system (zFAS) that, in turn, is able to react faster.