Right Now, Someone is Sitting Inside a Self-driving Car as it Drives Coast to Coast

With apologies to Van Halen, but a self-driving car IS coming.  In this case, it is really coming to the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Delphi Automotive, a leading automotive electronics and parts manufacturer has outfitted an Audi Q5 S-Line with their Advanced Drive Assistance Service (ADAS) technology.  It’s their latest and greatest when it comes to retrofitting existing cars with self-driving systems.

Delphi teased us with the technology at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.  For next month’s New York Auto Show, they’re driving that Q5 from San Fran to the front door of the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Here a little something on the technology, directly from Delphi:

“Delphi had great success testing its car in California and on the streets of Las Vegas,” said Jeff Owens, Delphi’s chief technology officer. “Now it’s time to put our vehicle to the ultimate test by broadening the range of driving conditions. This drive will help us collect invaluable data in our quest to deliver the best automotive grade technologies on the market.”

 

Recently demonstrated on the streets of Las Vegas at CES 2015, Delphi’s automated driving vehicle leverages a full suite of technologies and features to make this trip possible, including:

 

-Radar, vision and Advanced Drive Assistance Systems (ADAS)

 

-Multi-domain controller: High-end microprocessor to seamlessly drive multiple features and functions

 

-V2V/V2X: Wireless vehicle communication technology extends the range of existing ADAS functionality

 

-Intelligent software that enables the vehicle to make complex, human-like decisions for real-world automated driving traffic jam assist, Automated Highway Pilot with Lane Change (on-ramp to off-ramp highway pilot), Automated Urban Pilot, and Automated Parking and Valet

 

I’m kind of surprised there hasn’t been much on this in the mainstream media. Knowing their habits, perhaps is there were a crash we’d hear more.  But industry news is good news, as it’s good to know that as automakers build whole cities to test in, others are field testing their self-driving creations in the real world on real roads.

The Canadian Broadcasting Company did a really instructive piece on this event, which got underway on March 14th.  It’s 6:13 that not only tells you about the drive, but about self-driving vehicles as well:

 

 

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