Automotive supplier Delphi is out to put self-driving car technologies to the test.
The company plans to let an Audi SQ5 drive itself from San Francisco to New York starting on March 22, hoping to arrive in the northeast just in time for the New York Auto Show. Delphi plans on operating the vehicle six to eight hours per day with a team of engineers available to watch the car’s performance closely. At all times there will be a person in the driver’s seat and the test will give Delphi plenty of data on autonomous vehicles and how they function in real-world driving.
Delphi’s test car has the ability to instantly make complex decisions, such as stopping and proceeding at a four-way stop, timing a highway merge or even calculating the safest maneuver around a bicyclist on a busy city street. Currently the company has a fleet for four test vehicles and surprisingly they look pretty much unmodified, unlike some of Google’s test cars.
[Source: Detroit Free Press]
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