Delphi to Launch First Coast-to-Coast Automated Drive

GILLINGHAM, England — Delphi Automotive PLC says it will demonstrate the full capabilities of its active safety technologies with the longest automated drive ever attempted in North America.

The coast-to-coast trip will launch near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Sunday, March 22 and will cover about 3,500 miles.

The company, established in Troy but now based in England, said the
journey will allow Delphi engineers to gather critical data and advance the company’s active safety technology development in this rapidly growing segment of the auto industry. During the cross-country trek, the vehicle will be challenged under a variety of driving conditions from changing weather and terrain to potential road hazards — things that could never truly be tested in a lab.

“Delphi had great success testing its car in California and on the
streets of Las Vegas,” said Jeff Owens, Delphi’s chief technology
officer. “Now it’s time to put our vehicle to the ultimate test by
broadening the range of driving conditions. This drive will help us
collect invaluable data in our quest to deliver the best automotive
grade technologies on the market.”

Recently demonstrated on the streets of Las Vegas at CES 2015,
Delphi’s automated driving vehicle leverages a full suite of
technologies and features to make this trip possible, including:
* Radar, vision and Advanced Drive Assistance Systems (ADAS)
* Multi-domain controller: High-end microprocessor to seamlessly
drive multiple features and functions
* Vehicle-to-vehcle and vehicle-to-infrastructure: Wireless vehicle
communication technology extends the range of existing ADAS
* Software that enables the vehicle to make complex, human-like
decisions for real-world automated driving
* Traffic Jam Assist
* Automated Highway Pilot with Lane Change (on-ramp to off-ramp
highway pilot)
* Automated Urban Pilot
* Automated Parking and Valet

Delphi says its active safety technologies enable the vehicle to
instantaneously make complex decisions, like stopping and then
proceeding at a four-way stop, timing a highway merge or calculating the safest maneuver around a bicyclist on a city street. Many of these driving scenarios have been a limitation for much of the current technology on the market today.

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