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.

Carnegie Mellon’s “Boss”

In 2007, the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) held its Urban Challenge for academic and corporate research teams to engage in a driverless car competition. The winner, Carnegie Mellon’s robotized 2007 Chevy Tahoe called Boss, finished a complex urban obstacle course 20 minutes ahead of the second-place competitor.

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