Level 3 autonomy will be tested.

Back in April this year, Audi and Porsche announced they are joining forces to develop a new vehicle architecture that will be designed especially for autonomous cars. The two automakers will jointly work on vehicle platforms, modules, and components ready for 2025.

As a logical step forward, Audi is now announcing it has received a license for autonomous cars testing in New York, becoming the first company authorized to perform such testing in the state. The actual road tests will begin in mid-June in Albany, near the state capitol, where Level 3 autonomy will be demonstrated. This process will mark “the first autonomous vehicle demonstration in state history,” as the German automaker explains.

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According to Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE), Level 3 means a vehicle is capable of automated driving at posted highway speeds when specific conditions are met, but the driver must be able to take control again in short notice. Audi says, in New York, two engineers will be in the test prototype to monitor the system and the processes - one in the front seat and one in the back.

“We have been leading the way in the development of piloted driving technology for more than a decade now, and testing in real-world environments is a key step in our pursuit of safer roads,’’ Scott Keogh, President of Audi of America, commented. “We applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and stand ready to assist in defining how this future will unfold in the Empire State now and for years to come.”


In January this year, Audi revealed a Q7 deep learning autonomous concept at the 2017 CES in Las Vegas, where it drove itself without any human input on a specially designed open area. The vehicle was a demonstration of the level of technological progress Audi has reached in developing autonomous technologies for the future.

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HERNDON, Virginia, May 31, 2017 – New York has approved Audi of America's application to be the first company authorized to perform autonomous vehicle testing in the state.

Audi intends to demonstrate and test vehicles in New York with Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) Level 3 automation. It will conduct the first autonomous vehicle demonstration in state history, beginning in Albany, near the state capitol, in mid-June.

SAE’s Level 3 means a vehicle is capable of automated driving at posted highway speeds when specific conditions are met. In New York, two trained engineers will be in the vehicle to monitor the system and ensure safety, one in the front seat and one in the back. Audi’s demonstration vehicle has already safely logged thousands of miles on limited access highways across the U.S.

Earlier this month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York was accepting applications from companies interested in testing or demonstrating autonomous vehicles on public roads.

“We have been leading the way in the development of piloted driving technology for more than a decade now, and testing in real-world environments is a key step in our pursuit of safer roads,’’ said Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America. “We applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and stand ready to assist in defining how this future will unfold in the Empire State now and for years to come.”

New legislation included in New York’s FY 2018 budget allows for testing autonomous technology through a year-long pilot program. Audi’s vehicle routing information for the Albany demonstration has been pre-approved by the New York State Police and its application was approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles. State Police review the route to be taken, and are required to supervise the demonstration. 

“New York State is a nationwide leader in innovative highway safety programs and the potential for autonomous vehicles to save lives on our roadways is immeasurable,” Governor Cuomo said.