The Other Self-Driving Car


Fri, Mar 27th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Megan Geuss of Ars Technica goes for a ride on the other self-driving car, an Audi SQ5 equipped with technology from automotive components maker Delphi. The idea is to make a component that car manufacturers can simply install in their vehicles to provide them with self-driving functionality.

To demonstrate its progress in the self-driving car scene, Delphi asked Ars to come down and do a ride-along in its tricked out Audi SQ5—which the company will send on the world’s first autonomous-vehicle cross-country road trip next week. The trip is not a stunning announcement, but an indicator of just how far autonomous vehicles have come. Until just a few years ago, self-driving cars were the purview of science fiction. Even just last year, you could probably count the number of people who had been in a self driving car in a short tally, and automakers were heralding stop-and-go cruise control as the cutting edge of technology that would be coming to a wide range of cars in the next few years. Today, the self-driving technology is being fully realized in many labs, not just Google's, and tomorrow is just over the horizon.

Meanwhile, on the BBC, a piece asking why Americans don't use diesel, despite the obvious fuel saving benefits it offers.



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