The Automated Drive West

August 20 -24, 2019 | Minneapolis to Santa Clara | 2,000 Miles

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VSI Labs will be taking one of our automated testing vehicles 2,000 miles cross-country in an unprecedented “Automated Drive West”. A team of three will depart on August 20th in Minneapolis, driving four days to their destination of Santa Clara, CA. VSI will be embarking on the journey with support from partners HERE, Informa and OxTS.


The purpose of VSI’s Automated Drive West is to test the benefit of using precision lanes models and enhanced GPS technology to improve the performance and safety of highway autonomous driving applications. Furthermore, the team seeks to better understand how these technologies operate across varying terrains, weather, and driving conditions.

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Enabling Technologies


OxTS’ technologies will enable precision localization in the testing vehicle
Learn more about OxTS

HERE’s HD Maps will enable precision lane behavior in the testing vehicle
Learn more about HERE

Stops Along the Route

Post-Drive Results

  • Media coverage at Drive World conference

  • Photos, videos and report available in VSI Portal

Follow Along

Those looking to follow along on our journey can track the vehicle's progress on our social media channels: