Audi Self-Driving Car Heads Cross Country

Audi A7

Earlier this year Audi sent their self-driving Audi A7 from Silicon Valley to Vegas for the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. Now, Delphi Automotive is ready to make that 560 mile autonomous trip look like child’s play. The automotive parts supplier is ready to send a special Audi SQ5 SUV from San Francisco to New York City.

Have no fear; the Audi self-driving car won’t be unoccupied. Six engineers will be riding along to make sure nothing goes wrong. The autonomous vehicle is equipped with four short range radars, three vision-based cameras, and six lidars in addition to the onboard computer system.

With that tech, the vehicle can do everything from merging onto the freeway to parking itself. Delphi is making the trip to gather data and prove its technology is ready for the marketplace. In all the trip will covers around 3,500 miles. You can keep track of the drive via Twitter using the hashtag #DelphiDrive.

“Delphi had great success testing its car in California and on the streets of Las Vegas,” said Jeff Owens, Chief Technology Officer at Delphi. “Now it’s time to put our vehicle to the ultimate test by broadening the range of driving conditions. This drive will help us collect invaluable data in our quest to deliver the best automotive grade technologies on the market.”

Next-Generation Camaro Might Debut as Indy 500 Pace Car

2015 Camaro Z/28
The 2015 Camaro (shown here) will be replaced sometime this year. Maybe at the Indy 500?

It’s one of the greatest current mysteries of the automotive industries: when exactly will we finally see the debut of the next-generation Camaro? The new sports car will be a 2016 model, we know that much, but we’ve been wrong over and over trying to predict when it will appear. It skipped both the Detroit and Chicago Motor Shows, and now a new rumor says we might first see the Camaro not at an auto show but on a race track.

A report from AutoEvolution claimed that Chevrolet planned to debut the Camaro as the Pace Car for the Indy 500 on Sunday, May 24. It’s an unconventional idea, but one to which we immediately warmed. After all, the Camaro is a sports car model that’s all about action: what better place to show it off than on a race track?

Plus, by taking it away form an auto show environment, Chevrolet actually gives the new Camaro a bigger spotlight—not to mention a bigger audience as well. Plus, the Camaro has tradition on its side at the Indy 500. It has served as the Pace Car many times in the past. In fact, for the past decade, only the Camaro and Corvette has been tapped as Official Pace Cars.

Keep your calendar marked for May 24, then, Camaro enthusiasts. In the meantime, check out Joseph Auto to learn more about current Chevy sports car models such as the Camaro and Corvette!