udi Research & Development boss Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed a semi-autonomous A8 is “very close to production" and will arrive by the end of next year.

Audi has revealed some new details about the 2016 A8.

Speaking to Autoweek, Audi Research & Development boss Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg confirmed a semi-autonomous A8 is “very close to production" and will arrive by the end of next year. Hackenberg was coy on specifics but the publication is reporting the model will be able to drive itself at speeds up to 60 km/h (37 mph). The model is also rumored to be able to find open spaces and park itself.

While the 60 km/h (37 mph) speed doesn't sound too impressive, Audi of America President Scott Keogh said "If you think about the average daily city commute, most of it takes place at relatively slow speeds."

Hackenberg also pointed out that the 60 km/h (37 mph) speed is just a starting point and additional capabilities will be added later on. As he explained, a fully autonomous mode is still a ways off but the next step will involve a semi-autonomous driving mode at highway speeds.

Audi execs confirm semi-autonomous A8, will be able to drive itself at speeds up to 37 mph