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