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.
Volkswagen’s driverless car, named “53 plus 1” after the number 53 on fictional driverless Volkswagen Herbie, reached 150 miles per hour in tests when it was released in 2006. When Volkswagen invited the public to unveil the car, attendees were welcome to create their own courses with road cones to try to test the real-life Herbie’s capabilities.