The #delphidrive

Delphi Autonomous Audi

The Delphi autonomous car made it to Mississippi last night. On day 5 alone, it crossed 3 states, drove 400 miles, and had 3 new drivers. They are gathering about 300 GB data per day to help them move forward with making this available. It left as scheduled on March 22 from San Francisco, CA in hopes to arrive in NYC for the April 4 opening of the International Auto Show.

Here are some ways you can follow them:
On Twitter
Here you can find some photos and videos.

On their website
You will find blog posts and more videos.

Joe Victor

Cars and Trucks of the Future: Driverless?

Computer pilots are no longer limited to the realm of science fiction—as seen in military use of drone technology. Sail boats can be navigated by GPS. But up until just recently the idea of self-driving passenger vehicles and trucks has been the stuff of eccentric World’s Fair exhibits (probably down the aisle from the flying cars).

A plan to put self-driving trucks on the road from Rotterdam to other cities in the course of a few years was recently released by Dutch officials. They reviled steps that involve computer simulations and truck tests on closed tracks.

Infrastructure and Environment Minister Melaine Schultz van Haegen, in a letter discussing the proposal, said the Netherlands is analyzing traffic laws to pave the way for testing autonomous vehicles on public roads. Van Haegen is planning to submit a law early next year to allow self-driving vehicles to be tested and plans to outline specific roads and conditions appropriate for testing sometime next year.

The five-year plan was submitted to parliament by a collective of several industry and research groups, including Transport and Logistics Netherlands, DAF Trucks, Rotterdam Port and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

“We want to do the first demonstrations in the beginning of next year and roll out the trial in a controlled environment as soon as possible,” said Bastiaan Krosse, a spokesman for TNO.
Self-driving trucks would be used to deliver goods from Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port. While other European nations have launched similar projects, the Dutch proposal is unique since “no other project has a hard target of bringing this to market within five years, with the backing of the government,” Krosse said.

“There are countless benefits to switching to autonomous trucks,” said Marianne Wuite, spokeswoman for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. “Self-driving cars need less space and therefore use asphalt more efficiently; they avert traffic jams and reduce accidents. They are also more environmentally friendly.”

It seems over the next five years we will see whether or not autonomous road vehicles will remain the fodder of science fiction a little longer or become a common site on the roads out of Rotterdam.

Joe Victor