If one needs an illustration of the sensor complexity that is arising from ADAS-capable vehicles evolving into new autonomous and semi-autonomous modes of transport, look no further than the highly automated Delphi Drive concept vehicle. External awareness sensors such as radar, LiDAR, and cameras are just the tip of the iceberg for this vehicle. On board one can find touch sensors on the steering wheel, driver-facing cameras in the A-pillars, a fingerprint reader in console, and logic-activated haptic feedback motors in the seats.
With its myriad sensors, and feedback devices, and information processing strategies, and so on, this highly modified Audi SQ5 is in use now as a rolling test bed and demonstration platform for all manner of human-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) possibilities. Oddly, this test bed of today may be evidence that we are not far from a time when even “normal” production vehicles carry this level of sensing capability.