Across the country in a self-driving car
3:26

Across the country in a self-driving car

Auto Tech
[NOISE] Hi, I'm Wayne Cunningham with CNet, and I'm standing here with John Absmeier, the director of the Delphi Labs in Mountain View, California. And the car behind us is about to go on a very extraordinary journey. John, can you tell us a little bit about where it's going? Absolutely. So this is the first and longest trip across the United States. it's going coast to coast from San Francisco to New York. We're going to set off on March 22, Sunday. That's about 3,500 miles and our intention is to arrive in New York in time for the New York Auto Show. That's, that's a long route. Are you gonna mainly be on freeways? You're gonna have to stop in cities at some point aren't you? So, we, we are gonna have to stop, but the purpose of this drive is to collect data about highways across the country. So, we're really taking this chance to test our automated highway pilot, and collect a lot of information to improve the technology. We've spent the last year or so testing here in California, as well as in Nevada. And so we have a ton of information about urban driving. In fact, you got a chance to see it, I think, at CES this year in January. But this trip, the purpose is really all about automated highway. But you will be driving automated in the city? No, we will not. We can, of course, if we have. High, high-fidelity map information of those cities. But in this case, we're really focused on the highway. Okay, so a driver will take over when you get to inner, when you have to stop overnight. Correct. It's on-ramp, on-ramp to off-ramp highway pilot. Run us through the sensors on the car. You've got radar, you mentioned, and lidar. Yeah, so there's roughly 20 sensors on the car. It has radar, which are high-volume, mass-production sensors. Those sensors are on all four corners, plus front and rear. Mm-hm. There's also. Forward vision systems. And vision systems are used for things like traffic sign recognition, pedestrian detection, as well as traffic light recognition and lane marking detection. It also has Lydars around the car which are a third sensor for redundancy but also for higher fidelity information like in urban driving. And then it has high accuracy GPS. As well as, vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure communications. Okay, and the, then its got a brain that obviously processes all that information. What we have is we call a multi-domain controller. And it's sort of like the brain of the vehicle. It's pulling all the information together, fusing the data, and then making complex decisions about how to make the car move down the road. And as it's driving are you worried about getting traffic tickets, or speeding tickets or anything like that?>>We don't anticipate that this car is going to be hands free 100% of the way across, across America. In fact we're hoping to learn what those corner cases are and what areas of the country. there could be differences where we need to develop the system further. Do all the states you're gonna go through permit, autonomous driving? Awesome question. So actually five states regulate it, or actually five places. Right? Washington DC, California, Nevada, Florida and Michigan. There's regulations in place that require documentation and training programs etcetera. The rest of the, of the US does not have regulation. And, and what that means is that self driving or automated driving is not precluded, but it doesn't necessarily mean it's legal. We've reached out to all the states that we're gonna be passing through. We've notified them, and in some cases gotten feedback. Just reminding us that we have to follow the laws. What's the next step? What's the drive after this? Yeah, not really sure yet, but, but we'll see. Hopefully then next step is, is really being able to bring these to mass production. All right. So bring these systems and software solutions into the mass market. Alright, well thanks John. Appreciate it. Thanks, Wayne. Alright, Wayne Cunningham I'm with cnet here with John Absmeier looking at the autonomous car that's gonna go from San Francisco to New York. [NOISE]

Up Next

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: This Big Bronco Is Here
ford-bronco-raptor-still-v1

Up Next

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor: This Big Bronco Is Here

2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Goes Big With 37-Inch Tires
f-150-raptor-still

2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Goes Big With 37-Inch Tires

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Is a Sharp-Looking Swedish EV
volvo-c40-recharge-still

2022 Volvo C40 Recharge Is a Sharp-Looking Swedish EV

EVs vs. Gas Engines: We Do the Math on Carbon Emissions
evs-exposed-still

EVs vs. Gas Engines: We Do the Math on Carbon Emissions

2022 Yamaha XSR900 Breaks Away From the Cafe, and Onto the 1980s GP Grid
yamaha-still

2022 Yamaha XSR900 Breaks Away From the Cafe, and Onto the 1980s GP Grid

2023 Nissan Z First Drive: A Hotter Performer With Newfound Tech Smarts
nissan-z-2023-first-drive-holdingstill-cms

2023 Nissan Z First Drive: A Hotter Performer With Newfound Tech Smarts

Driving Porsche's Top-Secret Prototype Electric Race Car!
gt4-e-perf-still

Driving Porsche's Top-Secret Prototype Electric Race Car!

Our First Look at the All-New 2023 Ranger Rover Sport
land-rover-range-rover-sport-fl-still-v1

Our First Look at the All-New 2023 Ranger Rover Sport

2022 GMC Sierra AT4X: More Capable, Still Fancy
sierra-at4x-still

2022 GMC Sierra AT4X: More Capable, Still Fancy

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Ride1Up's 700 Series E-Bike Review: It Replaced My Car
220815-yt-ride1up-700-series-ebike-review-site-1

Ride1Up's 700 Series E-Bike Review: It Replaced My Car

The Apple Watch Has Life-Saving Features
220811-yt-the-apple-watch-saved-my-life-and-could-save-yours-too-site-1

The Apple Watch Has Life-Saving Features

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press
yt-x-ray-scanning-v4

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?
ev-credits-00-08-35-16-still170

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?

Galaxy Watch 5: My First 2 Days With Samsung's Watches
watch-5-thumb

Galaxy Watch 5: My First 2 Days With Samsung's Watches

When Is the iPhone Flip Going to Come Out?
apple-stuff-ep-8cnet

When Is the iPhone Flip Going to Come Out?

Most Popular All most popular

Top 5 iPhone 14 Rumors
iphone14-rumors2021-200000

Top 5 iPhone 14 Rumors

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press
yt-x-ray-scanning-v4

How a Massive Particle Accelerator Could Rewrite the History of the Printing Press

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?
ev-credits-00-08-35-16-still170

Is It Time to Finally Buy an Electric Car Under the New Tax Credit Rules?

The Apple Watch Has Life-Saving Features
220811-yt-the-apple-watch-saved-my-life-and-could-save-yours-too-site-1

The Apple Watch Has Life-Saving Features

Ride1Up's 700 Series E-Bike Review: It Replaced My Car
220815-yt-ride1up-700-series-ebike-review-site-1

Ride1Up's 700 Series E-Bike Review: It Replaced My Car

When Is the iPhone Flip Going to Come Out?
apple-stuff-ep-8cnet

When Is the iPhone Flip Going to Come Out?

Latest Products All latest products

Galaxy Watch 5: My First 2 Days With Samsung's Watches
watch-5-thumb

Galaxy Watch 5: My First 2 Days With Samsung's Watches

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Flip 3 Specs Compared
220809-yt-galaxy-z-flip-4-vs-z-flip-3-v2

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Z Flip 3 Specs Compared

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 First Take: Bigger Cover Screen, New Cameras
jje-9771

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 First Take: Bigger Cover Screen, New Cameras

MacOS Ventura Public Beta: The 3 Best New Features
thumb1

MacOS Ventura Public Beta: The 3 Best New Features

What You Should Know About the Nothing Phone 1
nothingphone1-cms

What You Should Know About the Nothing Phone 1

New WatchOS 9 Features Coming Soon to Apple Watch
p1050672

New WatchOS 9 Features Coming Soon to Apple Watch

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use