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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EUREKA Prometheus Project

VisLab also had ties to the largest driverless vehicles research initiative in history, which was headed by Daimler-Benz AG in 1987. Making use of the modern equivalent of $1 billion in funding from the European Commission, the project culminated in 1994 with a 600-mile trip on a French highway in heavy traffic conditions. However, the research project was shut down just a year later.

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