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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BMW’s Autonomous Car

In an attempt to provide a safer, more realistic model, BMW showcased its self-driving prototype in 2011, which can identify the car’s environment for a 55-yard radius. In typical BMW fashion, it put a host from the BBC’s Top Gear in the driver seat as it reached 140 kilometers per hour on a racetrack.

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