PHOTO CAPTION: Delphi's autonomous Audi Q5 drove itself 99% of the journey across America.

Delphi's Autonomous Audi SQ5 Drives Across America

Delphi has pioneered many firsts in automotive history. Now it can lay claim to the first autonomous cross-country trip in America.

Published: 09-Apr-2015

No, it's not electric. It's not even a hybrid. It's just another ICE-age SUV, but in the case of Delphi's Audi's SQ5, the story isn't its power plant, but its driver: a sophisticated computer program. Among the many firsts that can be attributed to the giant auto parts supplier like the first electric starter and in-car radio will now be added the first motor vehicle to drive across America autonomously.

With the exception of the 1% of the trip - about 50 miles of the 3,400 miles - where Delphi's team had to pull off the Interstate for food, fuel and rest, the SQ5 drove itself from San Francisco to New York 99% of nine-day trip. The trip crossed 15 states and through Washington, D.C. on its way to the 2015 New York Auto Show. According to the San Jose Business Journal, "the vehicle encountered complex driving situations such as traffic circles, construction zones, bridges, tunnels, aggressive drivers and various weather conditions."

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