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Autonomous Delphi Roadrunner Completes 3,400-Mile Adventure

Journey stretched from San Francisco to New York City.

Delphi Automotive has successfully completed an autonomous vehicle run of 3,400 miles from San Francisco to New York City. The specially prepared Audi SQ5 made the journey 99 percent autonomously, with almost no input from the team riding inside the car.

The Audi, affectionately called the Roadrunner, made its initial debut at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, where Delphi highlighted the innovative technology under the Audi’s skin. Roadrunner is equipped with a host of autonomous technology, including collision prevention and warning systems, radar and camera systems, and lane departure warning. To monitor the surrounding environment, the Roadrunner is outfitted with six long-range radars, four short-range radars, three vision-based cameras, six laser-based environment detection systems, and real-time localization.

The nine-day trip passed through 15 states and Washington, D.C. Roadrunner successfully navigated traffic circles, construction zones, bridges, tunnels, and a host of weather conditions.

Delphi’s Roadrunner is not the only autonomous Audi from CES 2015. Audi revealed their own endeavor into the autonomous driving technology segment with a prepared 2015 Audi A7, which autonomously drove from San Francisco to CES in Las Vega, Nevada. The A7 relied primarily on radar systems, GPS navigation, and the A7’s extensive collision avoidance systems.

Take a look at the autonomous Roadrunner in the gallery below.