Engineers from Delphi Automotive have decked out a luxury SUV to enable it to drive itself. They’ve successfully driven the vehicle, named Roadrunner, numerous times between San Francisco and Los Angeles, testing the radars and sensors. The car can manage four-way stops, merge onto highways, and steer around unexpected presences in the roadway, such as a bicyclist.
“Delphi’s self-driving car, modeled after a 2014 Audi SQ5 features six long-range radars, four short-range radars, three vision-based cameras, and six lidars. It also uses a localization system, intelligent software algorithms and a full suite of Advanced Drive Assistance Systems.”
The Delphi autonomous vehicle started at the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday March 22 and successfully arrived in New York 10 days later. The team of engineers continues to be pleased and excited with the performance of Roadrunner while extensively testing Delphi's automation technology. The SUV has performed exceptionally well, proving it was up to the challenge!
The longest trip ever made by a driverless car was an 8,000-mile journey from Europe to Shanghai in 2010 when a self-driving van from Italian company VisLab made the three-month trek.
Watch Roadrunner on Day 1: