Shalom Life | April 10, 2015

Israeli Tech Used to Conduct Longest EVER Driverless Car Test

Using Mobileye’s technology, and Delphi Automotive parts, the two have conducted the longest and most data-intensive drive of a self-driving car yet

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: April 9th, 2015 in Business » Israel

Photo: Mobileye tech


Israeli tech mogul, Mobileye, is at it again. A company famous for its automotive safety systems, which alert drivers of oncoming dangers, Mobileye recently conducted the longest ever, and perhaps most successful, driverless car experiment.

Done in time for the New York Auto Show, the car, made in part by Delphi Automotive, drove itself 3,000+ miles from San Francisco to Manhattan in nine days using Mobileye’s technology. Passing through deserts, major cities, small towns, forests, and everything in between, the Roadrunner, as the car was named, managed to make the journey without incident thanks to Mobileye’s road safety detection system.

According to a report by The Times of Israel, Delphi believes this to be not only the longest trip a self-driving car has made, but the most data-intensive. Although previous tests have been able to collect sample data of how driverless cars perform in select environments, this was the first time that they’ve been able to examine how a driverless car would be able to perform in a variety of settings on one single trip.

As explained in the report by Delphi’s chief of technology officer, Jeff Owens, “to put our vehicle to the ultimate test by broadening the range of driving conditions. This drive will help us collect invaluable date in our quest to deliver the best automotive grade technologies on the market.”

The Roadrunner’s trip took the car over 15 states, as well as the District of Columbia, and encountered a variety of complex driving situations. From roundabouts, aggressive drivers, road debris, and weather conditions, this driverless car faced it all.

Without Mobileye’s Advanced Drive Assistance Systems (ADAS), the success of the Roadrunner wouldn’t have been possible. The system alerts drivers of a variety of potential problems, including when they’re driving too close to another vehicle or pedestrians, when they begin to veer out of their lane, and if they’re going much too fast.

In addition, their newer versions notify drivers of debris, curbs, construction zones, traffic lights, and can even read road signs. This is made possible by a series of forward-facing cameras and several radars installed on the camera, as they all were on the Roadrunner. These cameras were able to help guide the Delphi made car out of danger before anything could happen.

Currently, the Mobileye system is available in 160 cars and 18 equipment manufacturers, including BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Volvo and Tesla. However the company expects to be in 237 cars, and 20 manufacturers by the end of 2016.

“Our vehicle performed remarkably well during this drive, exceeding our expectations,” Owens continued. “The knowledge obtained from this trip will help optimize our existing active safety products and accelerate our future product development, which will allow us to deliver unsurpassed automotive grade technologies to our customers.”

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