Delphi’s Self-Driving Car

In the run-up to CES, Wired reports on Delphi’s self-driving car.

“Automakers are moving more slowly, adding limited autonomy that Delphi says could prevent 80 percent of crashes. There are a few reasons for this, not the least of which is full autonomy is exceedingly difficult (engineers must plan for almost every possible contingency) and exceedingly expensive (LIDAR, essential to fully autonomous driving, costs more than the average car).”

There is also this:

“The company’s among the industry’s biggest suppliers, and has over the past century pioneered many technologies consumers take for granted, including electric starters (1911), in-dash car radios (1936), and integrated navigation systems (1994). It’s involved in some of the industry’s most interesting and innovative technology, including BMW’s gesture control system and the vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology Cadillac will roll out next year.”

One of the big dichotomies in the self-driving car world is whether to build a mechanism for the driver to take control back from the machine, or whether to completely skip that phase and move straight to machine-only driving.

Delphi is taking the incremental approach.

Originally published at on January 4, 2016.

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