Even with interest from the likes of Google and Tesla to the major automakers, fully self-driving cars may still be a decade or more away from hitting the road, Delphi Automotive Chief Technology Officer Jeff Owens said Thursday.
"To get the driver out of the driver seat, you're 10 years or 15 years away, at least," he said, citing the legal and regulatory hurdles. "You need an ecosystem for a fully autonomous car to work in."
But testing out current conditions, Delphi just completed a 3,500-mile, coast-to-coast journey in a specially outfitted Audi SQ5, which mostly drove itself. The test ride started in San Francisco on March 22 and ended Wednesday in New York City, where the auto show opens Friday. During the trip, at least two Delphi engineers, including one behind the wheel, were in the crossover at all times.
Delphi's marketing VP tweeted the accomplishment: