Audi has begun teaching its autonomous cars human behaviour, allowing it to interact with other drivers on the road.

Giving the information to its robotic vehicles, Audi is hoping that by acting more like human drivers its autonomous cars will be safer and more reliable.

The German car maker has also engineered the small movement that humans make before they intend to change lanes on the motorway into the car – nicknamed ‘Jack’.

It can also sense when another car wants to join a lane in front of them, and will either slow down or speed up appropriately. Engineers behind the system hope that by installing it into autonomous cars, it will ease the transition of autonomous vehicles on to public roads.

It is thought by many that if autonomous cars aren’t built with a certain amount of leeway into them, that other drivers won’t have the time to get out of the way during lane changes or increases in speed.

In a statement, Audi said: “Jack exhibits a driving style that is adaptive to the given situation, safe and especially interactive – it is a research car with social competence.

“The cooperative attitude of Jack is especially apparent when other vehicles want to merge into its lane on the motorway.

“Here the test car decides – based on the selected driving profile – whether to accelerate or brake, depending on which is best suited to handling the traffic situation harmoniously for all road users.”

The systems are currently being developed for use on motorways, where it will ease the stress on human motorists.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

June 7, 2016

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