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.
Through a combination of mobile app, GPS, and autonomous driving technology, AutoNOMOS Labs showcased its 100% robotic taxi system in 2010. The mobile app sends the car its location based on GPS tracking, and uses a mapping app to follow the car on its way to pick the user up. An address is then entered into a tablet installed in the backseat of the cab to instruct the car where to go once the user has been picked up.