The Autonomous Car is a fantastic idea and many encouraging news were released about how this ambitious project is going. Engineers have already developed and tested autonomous cars which loo extremely futuristic and, much more important, can drive themselves. So a lot of fuss was created around the perspective of having autonomous vehicles on our roads, thus taking another step in our evolution and continuous struggle to turn dreams into reality.
But the chief technology officer of Delphi Automotive, Jeff Owens, prefers to remain skeptical about how fast autonomous cars will become a common thing. He reckons that ten years, or even more will have to pass until the self-driving vehicles will be as functional and practical as today`s cars, in spite of the interest showed for this project by tech giants like Tesla or Google.
“To get the driver out of the driver seat, you’re 10 years or 15 years away, at least. You need an ecosystem for a fully autonomous car to work in.”
said Jeff Owens, referring to the moment when the roads of the human race will be shared by their creators with another type of creatures.
However, Delphi Automotive were the ones responsible for one of the first to accomplish a journey with an autonomous car that mostly drove itself. The model which they used was an Audi SQ5. The self-driving vehicle completed the journey successfully, after driving from the West Coast to the East Coast, a course which measures approximately 3,500 miles. The campaign started on March 22 from the starting point set in San Francisco. On Wednesday, the Audi SQ5 administered by Delphi Automotive arrived at New York City. But the autonomous car was not on its own during the test ride. There were three engineers from Delphi Automotive who constantly stayed inside the car. One of them had access to the steering wheel, thus being in the control of the prototype. The successful `mission` was announced by the vice president of Delphi Automotive`s marketing on Twitter.
“Delphi completes coast-to-coast automated drive”
tweeted Amy Messano.
Jeff Owens himself was present on board the Audi SQ5 autonomous prototype. He intended to acquire an amount of useful data and stats about how the vehicle behave on the trans American ride. The technology which he used to do that included a radar, advanced laser maps and cameras. They all monitored the progress of the vehicle from San Francisco to New York City.
“The states are still working through how they will allow … [fully autonomous] cars on the road. But one thing’s for sure, they want you to drive the speed limit. We were the only car on the road going the speed limit.”
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