When Two Robot Cars Meet On A Street

When a car driver pulls out in front of a fellow motorist, you will more often than not be called a variation of the word banker, although to be fair most bankers are called, well as this is eTeknix there described as individuals with little intelligence of risk taking, as this is what I have been told to say by the editor.

But what happens when two robot cars meet each other on a regular everyday street? Wonder no more as on Thursday one robot car decided to cut off another robot vehicle on a San Antonio Road in Palo Alto US. The incident took place between a Google self driving prototype car which decided to cut off a robot car which was operated by Delphi Automotive, forcing the later to change lanes.

Google have been testing a prototype Lexus RX400h crossover which has been adapted to include sensors and cameras which hopefully enables the car to drive itself and allegedly see where it’s going. This tech may need tinkering with after forcing the Audi Q5 crossover which is operated by Delphi to change lanes.

The fail safe to these cars arrives courtesy of a human passenger who is sitting in the car for those occasions when the AI fancy’s a trip through Walmart, or Asda if you’re a reader in the UK. To my mind it just goes to show how advanced a human brain is and how as yet under developed artificial AI is. I am glad these cars are prototypes at this stage; otherwise I would certainly feel less confident pulling up at the traffic lights, only to look to my left and see a robot car who suddenly fancies a race with its owner reclining while playing Mario on the 3DS.

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Delphi Corp’s Audi Q5 Completes 3400 Mile Autonomous Road Trip

Following on from the news we brought you two weeks ago, The Audi Q5, equipped with Delphi Corp’s radar, cameras and laser sensors, has completed its epic 15-state, 3400 miles road trip from San Francisco to New York. The car mostly stuck to travelling on the various highways between the states, but what’s more impressive is that the self-driving feature managed a near perfect run, having the autonomous systems handle 99% of the journey.

“We expected we would be in autonomous mode most of the time, but to be in it close to 99 percent of the time was a pleasant surprise,” Owens told The Associated Press Thursday. “The equipment was flawless.”

Traffic was weaving around in a construction zone, there were some police cars on the right side that warranted an extra clear lane for which the driver took control of the wheel, but that’s hardly a big deal as this was a trial run and the car still scored exceptionally well. Some members of the public however, didn’t think too fondly of the car, as it stuck rigorously to the speed limit, even when other drivers we not. This prompted several members of the public to make “a few hateful gestures” at the car and its occupants.

After collecting 3TB of data from the trip, Delphi will now improve the systems which are expected to start appearing in Audi and Volvo cars within two years.

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Delphi’s Driverless Car Preparing to Start Its Nationwide Journey

It looks like Delphi is looking to start pushing boundaries today by showing off the true potential of autonomous vehicle technology. The driverless car is set to begin a cross-country trip later today, having the starting point set in California and the destination set as New York. Though driverless cars may be truly advanced, a driver will still be present inside the car to take control in case of emergency.

“Delphi had great success testing its car in California and on the streets of Las Vegas,” said Jeff Owens, chief technology officer of Delphi. “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.”

The journey is said to be 3.500 miles and is taking place in order for engineers to collect valuable live data which can further enhance the self-driving car technology. The vehicle is said to be able to accurately navigate a 4-way stop, pass cyclists safely and enter/exit highways on its own.

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