Qualcomm road tested its autonomous vehicle technology Oct. 13 along a stretch of State Route 905. Photo via OnSceneTV.

A portion of State Route 905 was closed most of the day Sunday so Qualcomm could use the highway to test its autonomous vehicle technology.

The technology giant rented a 2-mile stretch of the freeway between Caliente Avenue and La Media Road so engineers could run road tests of a self-driving car.

Lanes were scheduled to be shut down from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to CalTrans.

Detour signs were in place to direct motorists around the area.

In February, Qualcomm unveiled its Connected Car Reference Platform, which is designed to bring next generation WiFi 6 connectivity to automobiles and bring the industry closer to the promise of self-driving cars in the future.

“We believe our new Snapdragon Automotive Platforms will help launch the connected vehicle into the 5G era, offering multi-Gigabit low latency speeds, lane level navigation accuracy and an integrated and comprehensive C-V2X solution for increased road safety for cars and transportation infrastructure,” said Nakul Duggal, senior vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “With these new wireless solutions, we are excited to support our automaker, Tier-1 and roadside infrastructure customers as they develop faster, safer and differentiated products for the next-generation of the connected car.”

— Staff report

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