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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The ARGO Project

VisLab didn’t break the record on its first attempt. The company, linked to Italy’s University of Parma, began independently researching autonomous vehicles since 1989 to contribute to other projects. But by 1998, the company would put its own autonomous vehicle on the road for a 2,000-kilometer trip through Italy.

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