Longest drive competitions in golf are common, but how about for autonomous cars. A self-driving car from GM spin off Delphi Automotive completed a 3,500-mile journey across the U.S. from San Francisco to New York. You may remember the DARPA grand challenge of 2004, when the furthest a car was able to get was just 7.32 miles — that is quite a bit of progress in just a decade.
Delphi’s active safety technologies enable the vehicle to instantaneously make complex decisions, like stopping and then proceeding at a four-way stop, timing a highway merge or calculating the safest maneuver around a bicyclist on a city street. Many of these driving scenarios have been a limitation for much of the current technology on the market today.
It can’t be long until we start seeing broader applications of what’s been learned in the business setting.
Full disclosure: I actually worked at Delco Electronics back in the 80s, which is now part of Delphi.