Autonomous Audi Q5 completes San Francisco – New York City trip

An autonomous Audi Q5 modified by automotive supplier Delphi has successfully completed a trip from San Francisco to New York City. Known as “Roadrunner”, the vehicle managed to complete almost 3,400 miles (5,472 km) over the course of nine days, starting from San Francisco and making pit stops in Los Angeles; Phoenix, Arizona; El Paso; Dallas, Texas; Jackson, Mississippi; Atlanta, Georgia; Durham, North Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Inside the car was a team of engineers from Delphi along with on-board equipment such as short-range radar and long-range radar sensors installed on all four corners of the car. The autonomous Audi Q5 also had no less than six LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) units along with a forward-facing camera mounted in the windscreen.

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Autonomous Audi Q5 by Delphi
Autonomous Audi Q5 by Delphi

The crossover also came equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication systems along with a central processor that makes sure everything works accordingly. The Delphi-prepared autonomous Audi Q5 drove itself only on the highways as in cities with stop & go traffic it was manually driven in order to avoid any unfortunate incidents.

Check out the source link below to view day-by-day videos from Delphi’s trip in the driverless Q5.

Source: Delphi

Adrian Padeanu

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