Robo car drives across U.S. in nine days

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BRI­TISH-based auto-firm Del­phi has com­pleted a jour­ney from San Fran­cisco to New York with its self-driv­ing car.

The trip, an­nounced in March, cov­ered nearly 5 500 km and took nine days.

Del­phi says it is the first U.S. coast-to­coast trip ever taken by an au­to­mated ve­hi­cle.

Del­phi’s Road­run­ner car set off with a group of en­gi­neers from Trea­sure Is­land in the San Fran­cisco Bay on March 22.

The sub­se­quent jour­ney took it through 15 states and the Dis­trict of Columbia. The Road­run­ner was faced with a wide va­ri­ety of driv­ing sit­u­a­tions to nav­i­gate dur­ing the trip, in­clud­ing traf­fic cir­cles, con­struc­tion zones, bridges, tun­nels, ag­gres­sive driv­ers and dif­fer­ing weather con­di­tions.

Four en­gi­neers took turns to sit in the driv­ing seat, and once had to take con­trol over a sec­tion of road un­der con­struc­tion, but Del­phi says the car un­der­took 99% of the drive in fully au­to­mated mode. The ve­hi­cle is equipped with nu­mer­ous tech­nolo­gies in or­der to drive au­tonomously.

Th­ese in­clude six long-range radars, four short-range radars, three vi­sion-based cam­eras, six Li­dar sen­sors, a lo­cal­i­sa­tion sys­tem, in­tel­li­gent soft­ware al­go­rithms and a full suite of Ad­vanced Drive As­sis­tance Sys­tems.

The sys­tems in­stalled help with ac­tiv­i­ties like col­li­sion mit­i­ga­tion, ob­ject de­tec­tion, for­ward col­li­sion warn­ings and lane de­par­ture warn­ings.

Over the course of the trip, nearly three ter­abytes of data was col­lected from the Road­run­ner’s sys­tems.

The data col­lected will help Del­phi to con­tinue de­vel­op­ing safety tech­nol­ogy. — Giz­mag.com.

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Del­phi’s self-driv­ing Audi made the 5 500 km coast-to-coast trip be­tween San Fran­cisco and New York in nine days.

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