If remote drivers can control a car 500 miles away, would it matter if an extra zero was added to the distance and the connection crossed an international border?
That’s the scenario executives at Designated Driver, a teleoperation startup, examined during an experiment last Thursday. They wanted to see if they could remotely operate a vehicle located in West Sussex, England, from their headquarters in Portland, Ore.
“We were concerned about the latency,” CEO Manuela Papadopol told Automotive News. “We didn’t know. We’re in the middle of nowhere, and we didn’t know what to expect.”
Any fears were allayed. Latency on the vital connection was less than 100 milliseconds, better than many of the company’s intra-city tests in Portland. In what’s believed to be the first test of its kind, Designated Driver remotely operated a vehicle across an international border from a distance of approximately 5,000 miles.
“This ultralong-distance teleoperation test is extremely significant because…