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’s “Shelley”

Two years after an Audi TTS climbed Pikes Peak, researchers from Stanford University and Volkswagen’s Electronics Research Lab equipped the same car with similar driving speeds and capabilities as professional drivers. In tests at a California raceway, “Shelley” reached 120 miles per hour en route to completing a three-mile course in less than two and a half minutes.

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