Self-Driving Car Makes Cross-Country Drive

While Google tests whether its autonomous vehicles can navigate the suburban streets of Mountain View, Calif., an auto-parts maker named Delphi has reportedly pulled off something much larger: rebuilding an Audi SQ5 into a self-driving vehicle and having it take a road trip from San Francisco to New York City.

Delphi claims that the car drove itself 99 percent of the time, albeit with a driver at the wheel ready to take over for unexpected situations (as seen above). The human driver also navigated the vehicle through any tricky city streets.

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According to CNN, the trip totaled 3,400 miles. As Wired pointed out, the remarkable thing wasn’t that a car drove itself across the United States, but that the underlying technology for autonomous driving has reached the point where even smaller companies can build a self-driving vehicle that won’t crash into the nearest wall. And if technology has reached that point, how long until we see lots of self-driving cars on the road?

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Image: Delphi

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