In Pictures: 20 cars that drive themselves

Given that MIT in the US is now working on a safer prototype for autonomous vehicles, using communications technology to expand the cars’ field of vision, these vehicles may make the leap from science fiction to reality sooner than previously thought. Driverless cars have already been legalised in California and Nevada, and Google says we’ll see them on the road in five years. Here are the prototypes that have helped the industry get to this point.

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Stanford University’s “Junior”

Stanford came in second place at the DARPA Urban Challenge with Junior, an autonomous Volkswagen Passat. Junior averaged 13.7 miles per hour through the 60-mile course, just short of the 14 miles per hour Carnegie Mellon’s first-place Boss SUV averaged.

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