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Delphi Attempts Cross-Country Road Trip in Autonomous Audi SQ5

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/24/2015 Karla Sanchez

If you thought Technical Director Kim Reynolds’ 550-mile drive in an automated Audi A7 was ambitious, then wait until you hear what Delphi is trying to do. In an attempt to set the record for the longest automated drive in North America, the company sent a self-driving SQ5 on a cross-country road trip from California to New York.

Delphi Attempts Cross-Country Road Trip in Autonomous Audi SQ5

The SQ5 set off on its 3500-mile journey earlier this week from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, with hopes of arriving in New York just in time for the auto show. Delphi engineers will keep a close eye on the SQ5 throughout the entire trip, gathering critical data that’ll help in further advancing the company’s active safety technology. This technology is essentially what enables the vehicle to instantaneously make complex decisions, like stopping and then proceeding at a four-way stop, timing a highway merge, or calculating the safest maneuver around a bicyclist on a city street.

Although the company has already successfully tested autonomous cars in California and in Las Vegas, this road trip will prove to be the ultimate test. That’s because the SQ5 will be challenged under a variety of driving conditions like changing weather and terrain, which Delphi says it can’t truly test in a lab. If the SQ5 ends up arriving in New York in one piece, it will mark the longest automated drive ever completed in North America.

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Audi conducted its own long-distance drive earlier this year in a semi-autonomous A7 named Jack, which drove journalists from Silicon Valley in California to Las Vegas for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show.

Source: Delphi

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