walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Delphi's cross country tour, stopping at SXSW coverage (linkage)


Includes a picture of the car which looks surprisingly normal (no antennas sprouting from the roof to a conspicuous degree). Delphi claims 99% self-drive. Human took over during a construction zone. Things Delphi is willing to admit happened that they intend to learn from:

"Passing or being passed by tractor-trailers, the car wanted to move over a bit farther than necessary (perhaps just as humans are wont to do. Conversely, it didn’t want to move to the left lane to give space to an emergency vehicle on the shoulder, something that’s becoming law in many states."


Piece on Kathy Winter, VP of Software Services and the trip. Funny error in the writing:

"“The biggest thing we learned from the trip was that the performance was better than expected,” said Kathy Winter who road in the car for some of the Delphi cross-country road trip to New York." Road should be rode. There are numerous errors of this sort in the writeup: very should be every, feed should be fed.

Delphi addressed a typical sensor problem of crap (snow, leaves, etc.) obscuring sensors in this way:

"The radar was not affected by dirt or weather because it is placed behind panels in the car. Clear lenses were cut into the bumpers for the Lidar. Lidar was also positioned below the back window." They did not clean the car during the trip, so the crap that accumulated on the car during the trip did not interfere with sensor functioning. Impressive!

They were able to avoid stuff on top of the car by replacing the spare tire in the trunk with what otherwise might have gone on top. But the backseat was available for and used by passengers.

"The trip was primarily on the highway because urban areas have to mapped in order for the vehicle to drive correctly." It's unclear whether this means, they need GPS mapping to work or something more detailed (that is, is this car driving in reality or is this car driving on a map? The google car, for example, seems to predominantly drive on a map. None of this is dependent on infrastructural support such as roadside beacons, which was the 90s approach).


Delphi's press release.


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