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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Audi TTS Pikes Peak

Named for the Colorado mountain it climbed on a test run in 2010, the Audi TTS Pikes Peak is a modified version of the popular Audi TTS sports car equipped with two computers to run safety-focused algorithms and another for dynamics. The car climbed Pikes Peak in 27 minutes, topping out at 45 mph. According to Top Speed, a professional driver could complete the same course in roughly 17 minutes.

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