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Delphi’s self-driving car becomes world’s first to drive from coast-to-coast

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Automotive parts manufacturing giant Delphi has achieved the longest
 distance by any self-driving car as their car “Roadrunner” completed a
3400 mile coast-to-coast cross-country journey for the first time in
history.
Completely automated self-driven cars are still somewhat of a novelty as
there are considerable barriers that need to be overcome in order to
introduce this technology to the public. But continuing advancements are
ensuring that the day will not be far ahead when driver-less cars are
roaming around ensuring safe travel. 
Delphi had developed its own
self-driven car “roadrunner” a while back and they were developing it to
undertake a long journey. The company announced in March that it would be undertaking this
pioneering journey to conduct extensive research that will aid the
further development of this safe active technology. 

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Throughout the 3400
miles, roadrunner faced numerous tests and complex driving situations
that it had to analyze and navigate through like constructions sites,
aggressive drivers, complex turnings and differing weather conditions. 
Delphi was pleased to announce that 99 percent of the travel was
completely automated and done by the roadrunner all on its own and they
would completely analyze the 3 terabytes of data collected by the
roadrunner during the 9-day trip. 
An engineer was always present beside
the steering wheel in the entirety of the journey but the car made it
through to the end without accidents.
There are different levels
of automated driving as defined by the NTSA. The lower levels only
involve function specific automation while higher levels also include
fully automated drive that Roadrunner used 99 percent of the time.
The Roadrunner had extensive sensing systems coupled with advanced
control techniques. It boasted long-range radars, short-range radars,
Lidar radars, localization systems and advanced algorithms for collision
avoidance and other decisive manoeuvres. 
Much of these technologies are
already being used by self-driven cars to navigate but Delphi wanted to
undertake this trip in order to prove that long-distance traveling
won’t be a problem, at-least for their car.

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