Many different automakers are currently perfecting their autonomous driving systems, but they aren’t the only ones busy at work trying to develop self-driving cars. Automotive parts supplier Delphi’s Audi SQ5 packed with their autonomous driving technology recently completed a 3,400 mile drive from San Francisco to New York City, 99 percent of which it completed on its own.
The Delphi engineers used the trip to collect nearly three terabytes of data and information that will help to further develop the autonomous driving tech. The SQ5, which crossed 15 states and the District of Columbia on its trip, was equipped with autonomous driving tech that will soon be available in production cars.
“Our vehicle performed remarkably well during this drive, exceeding our expectations. 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,” Jeff Owens, Delphi chief technology officer, said in a statement.
The SQ5 encountered traffic circles, construction zones, bridges, tunnels, aggressive drivers and a variety of weather conditions on its 9-day road trip, proving the prowess of Delphi’s prototype autonomous driving systems.