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Old 12-06-2018, 08:49 PM
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I知 looking forward to being able to have my Matrix lights fully enabled, Level 3 Autonomy, Garage and Parking Assist enabled, and being able to use my DVD player when I知 not in park. Any updates at all on potential jail breaking yet? I know it痴 early and most folks are probably waiting on their Q8 壮 to land or still considering purchasing one, but I知 chomping at the bits to unleash the potential of my first Audi.
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It’s a beauty....by far the best looking SUV out there. Sales shuld go through the roof when the features mentioned are activated. Right now some people see the Q8 as overpriced comparing it to the other German cars but there are some expensive components for those advanced functions.
You might check with Kufatec for one source of more complicated activation of the features. I bought a Dongle from them that activated traffic signs on my 2018 SQ5-an early build with the feature not available at launch. They had it available within a month after I got my car. That feature required paramatizing the camera a function that couldn’t be done with my OBD11. There is another Co. (I don’t recall the name) that sells the same kind of “cookie cutter” mods. If you can get into the German Internet with a Chrome search (translates G to English) you might turn up more leads.
Edit....If you have the skill and have an OBD11, you might give it a try. Activating Matrix HL’s could be as simple as changing a few switches to on. The Level 3 would probably be more complex. Unless Audi has changed with the Q8 there is no need to “Jailbreak”. It’s pretty much an open system.

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Thanks for the details response. Let me do some digging!
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Here’s some info from a News feed I just saw today. There is one incident of SD3 mode of concern. The traffic sign function has its quirks in the SQ5 also. Here’s the article:

Is the Audi Q8 the most advanced SUV in the world?

A not so boring review by a man.

I started my weekend out with the Q8 in a dark Parking lot at PP-Autotreff in Switzerland.

I had a key and was told to press the unlock button, I would immediately notice the car I was told, so I did and indeed, I was greeted by a futuristic lightshow from the future! The Audis lights do a "Welcome Home" dance when pressed.

This might be just a gimmick, but as gimmicks go, it is an impressive one – and you can customize the dance too.

Anyway, lightshow over I got in the cars "CABIN", I used the quotation marks because I do not think calling it a "CABIN" does the Audi Q8 any justice, its more like a cockpit, the sort of thing you would see from machines with names like "The super Typhoon Mega Kill Raptor of Death F-6900".

The first thing I noticed was the lack of protruding buttons, in fact the only ones I could find were on the steering wheel to control things like the voice control, radio and missiles.

There's a touch screen in front of you and two in the middle, one acts as the MMI (Audi Multi Media Interface) and the other underneath it is a renaissance tablet that can do many things, like control your bum temperature, control the Advanced Hydraulic system (it comes with like 10 modes or something) and a writing pad for you to write the address you want to put into the GPS.

After I had been cruising on the highway for about 30 minutes, I went over the white line slightly, however the steering wheel gently pulled me back into the middle of the lane. I had completely forgotten, this car came with the black magic art of lane assist. But it is not a stupid system you have to switch on like in BMWs, where you have to supply your mothers birth certificate, in order to access cruise control. The Audis lane assist is just on the moment you switch on cruise control. It can be deactivated, but doesn't have to be reactivated when you need it, its part of the super intelligent cruise control package.

Well, I say super intelligent, but the cruise control was actually quite annoying. This is the scenario: There I am in the overtaking lane, cruising at 126Kph on the highway, (With a speedo adjustment, this would equal about 119Kph in real time), overtaking somebody going exactly 122Kph in the slower lane, when suddenly the Audi recognizes that the off ramp on the right has a speed limit of 60, so it starts beeping at me like a fire alarm in a stripclub! I had about a split second to react before it slammed on the breaks, there was nothing in front of me, the Heads Up Display warned we were going to die, the tailgating Audi behind me narrowly missed rear ending me. It was very unpleasant, I also couldn't figure out how to switch the "automatic speed limit thing" off, so I switched the whole system off and drove the car with my hands and feet.

Other than cruise control that was programmed to self destruct, this car is a technological wonder of the world. It is the first SUV on our planet to have laser headlights, or as boring people call them " Matrix Laser LED projectors". It has rear wheel steering, it has heated and cooled seats (cooling is an option) for all four seats. It has an intelligent AWD system that makes the turning circle smaller than a VW Golf and it has a 286HP Twin Turbo V6 Diesel engine. This engine is quite old by now, but Audi has added some pedantic german engineering in there and given it a tiny battery that allows this mammoth car (nearly 3 tonnes!) to switch its engine off and run only on the hybrid battery in ECO mode and on flat surfaces.

That gives this car an MPG of… not great, but very good if we're comparing it to ships, or the death star.

Would I buy one? Nah, I personally would wait for the inevitable RSQ8 to come out which will probably have Audis Twin Turbo V8.

If you are a visual person, I worked a whole week on editing this car review on YuTube, so please watch it and if you enjoyed reading this, join my tribe.

See the full article here
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Nice Video review. Thank you! Regarding the part about the interior build quality. My 2017 Q7 Prestige with the same door panels crackle and pop all over the place when you push on the plastic trims (dash, doors etc.) or through contraction and expansion in hot weather. Particularly the rear doors along the window sills where the pull up sunshades are (its awful). Recently at the LA auto show I pushed on just about every Audi models trims and door panels and overall they all did it. There is some definite hidden cost cutting going on lately.

As soon as that tester Q8 breaks in a bit more from new and the weather warms up, it will likely do the same.

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Originally Posted by Meyecul View Post
Nice Video review. Thank you! Regarding the part about the interior build quality. My 2017 Q7 Prestige with the same door panels crackle and pop all over the place when you push on the plastic trims (dash, doors etc.) or through contraction and expansion in hot weather. Particularly the rear doors along the window sills where the pull up sunshades are (its awful). Recently at the LA auto show I pushed on just about every Audi models trims and door panels and overall they all did it. There is some definite hidden cost cutting going on lately.

As soon as that tester Q8 breaks in a bit more from new and the weather warms up, it will likely do the same.
Both my Porsche did this exact same snap crackle and pop routine in the heat, it痴 not just Audi...
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