Auto parts maker Delphi has announced a plan for a team of engineers to make a trip from the Golden Gate Bridge to midtown Manhattan in a car that automatically drives itself.
The car, an Audi SQ5, will be equipped with all manner of autonomous driving technology, including radar, high-end microprocessors, and software to let the car make human-like decisions like exiting and enter highway traffic, navigating city streets or parking.
The technology used in this trip has been developed by Delphi () and has been advancing rapidly. Delphi doesn't expect to build its own self-driving car but it does want to sell these features to automakers.
Some features are already being integrated into a number of high-end car models now available. But most of the tests of automated driving and self-driving cars have been conducted on test tracks or in short bursts on city streets. Delphi hopes that its cross country trip will allow it to gather far more data than those previous tests.
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