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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General Motors’ EN-V

With a completely different approach, GM has developed the most science-fiction-designed autonomous car. Though it’s been years in the making, the newest version was showcased at this year’s Beijing Motor Show. With an aim for city driving, the EN-V only has two wheels and is limited to 25 miles on its electric motor, but is said to be capable of handling difficult weather conditions.

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