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Delphi completes coast-to-coast autonomous vehicle test

Date: 07 April 2015   |   Author:

The Delphi autonomous vehicle arrives in New York

Technology supplier Delphi Automotive has completed the longest automated drive in North America, traveling from San Francisco to New York in a coast-to-coast trip in an automated vehicle.

Nearly 3400 miles were covered with 99% of the drive in fully automated mode in Delphi's Audi Q3 test vehicle.

The drive was used by Delphi engineers to research and collect information to further its work with advanced active safety technology and demonstrates the ability of current technology in development.

Jeff Owens, Delphi chief technology officer, said: "The knowledge obtained from this trip will help optimize our existing active safety products and accelerate our future product development, which will allow us to deliver unsurpassed automotive grade technologies to our customers."

The nine-day trip saw the Delphi autonomous vehicle encounter roundabouts, construction zones, bridges, tunnels, "aggressive drivers" and a variety of weather conditions. Technology on the car included collision mitigation, integrated radar and camera systems, forward collision and lane departure warning.

Delphi's test follows on from research commissioned by the Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) predicts that a quarter of all new cars sold by 2030 will be capable of autonomous driving.

The Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The UK Economic Opportunity report carried out for the SMMT by KPMG goes further to predict that traffic accidents will be reduced by more than 25,000 a year with the introduction of driverless cars.

KPMG said these cars are expected to boost the UK economy by £51 billion and the rate of introduction of autonomous technology will reach 75% of all new cars sold by 2040.

The report also predicts that vehicles will be available that can be driven in autonomously on the motorway as early as 2025, while highly autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles will not be available until 2030.

Premium brands like Jaguar Land Rover are expected to pave the way with new technology first and vehicles with high autonomy technology will carry a premium between £2500 and £2000 and full autonomy between £4500 and £3500.