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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Mercedes Benz automated driving

In 2010, Mercedes Benz debuted its own work with autonomous vehicles. Not surprisingly, the car hasn’t altered its mid-sized sedan’s iconic exterior design, but showed some impressive test runs with two automated cars driving concurrently. Six months after introducing the technology, the company claimed it will be commercially available in its S-Class in 2013.

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