Delphi Automotive PLC has completed the longest automated drive in North America, traveling from San Francisco to New York in the first coast-to-coast trip ever taken by an automated vehicle.  Nearly 3,400 miles were covered with 99 percent of the drive was done with the vehicle in fully automated mode.

Delphi engineers used the drive to collect information that will help advance active safety technology.  “Our vehicle performed remarkably well during this drive, exceeding our expectations,” said Jeff Owens, Delphi chief technology officer.  “The knowledge obtained from this trip will help optimize our existing active safety products and accelerate our future product development, which will allow us to deliver unsurpassed automotive grade technologies to our customers.”

The nine-day trip crossed 15 states and the District of Columbia.  Along the way, the vehicle encountered complex driving situations such as traffic circles, construction zones, bridges, tunnels, aggressive drivers and a variety of weather conditions. 

The Delphi automated driving vehicle, an Audi Q5, was full of advanced technologies and features. Many of these features are already on the market today including collision mitigation, integrated radar and camera systems, forward collision and lane departure warning.

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