Self-driving car

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A self-driving car is an automobile that requires no driver, and has been a very popular topic in science fiction at least as far back as the robot cabs of Robert Heinlein's Between Planets. The US Government's DARPA Challenge produced some credible self-driving cars, with teams from Stanford and Carnegie-Mellon winning prizes in 2005 and 2007. A recent contender has been Google, which recently announced it had tested autonomous cars (with a safety driver) on public roads. [1]

  • Scientists and engineers have been designing autonomous vehicles since the mid-1960s, but crucial innovation happened in 2004 when the Pentagon’s research arm began its Grand Challenge. [2]