Delphi, the giant automotive supplier, plans to show off the growing sophistication of its automated driving system by taking a specially equipped Audi Q5 on a 3,500-mile cross country journey starting at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and winding up in New York City.
Jeff Owens, Delphi’s chief technology officer, said the long journey will allow Delphi engineers to gather critical data and further advance the company’s active safety technology development in this rapidly growing segment of the auto industry. The car will also have an engineer/observer in the driver’s seat but they won’t operate the car.
“Delphi had great success testing its car in California and on the streets of Las Vegas,” Owens said. “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.” (more…)