An ambitious trial has been developed by a company called Delphi, an automotive component-supplier, who are set to launch a self-driving Audi SUV on a 3,500 mile journey from California all the way to New York.
This trip will be the longest distance any autonomous road going vehicle has travelled.
Starting near the Golden Gate Bridge and ending in New York City on 22nd of March, viewers will experience the first ever cross-USA trip undertaken by a car, minus the driver.
Jeff Owens, Delphi’s chief technology officer commented on the trial, “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 team over at Delphi could not have chosen a better car to deliver this experiment, the Audi SQ5 provides owners with an interior jam packed with luxury features. Included is a 3 spoke ‘S’ Sports multi-function leather steering wheel with paddle shift and contrast stitching, not that it will be used in the trial of course, plus deluxe 3 zone climate control, a fully functional LED interior light package, and an impressive cruise control feature.
The SQ5 is powered by a 354bhp twin turbo V6 diesel engine. This powerful multi-cylinder diesel makes the SQ5 remarkably fast. Audi say it can reach 0-62mph in just 5.2 seconds, which is incredible given the size of the vehicle.