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This self-driving car could one day take you on a real road trip

A new autonomous navigation system uses laser sensors to ‘see’ where it’s going

12:00am, May 7, 2018
self-driving car laser sensing

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO  A new kind of self-driving car that “sees” its surroundings with laser sensing (depicted above) can take riders off the beaten path.

A new kind of navigation system could help self-driving cars take the road less traveled.

Most autonomous vehicles test-driving in cities navigate using 3-D maps marking every curbside and off-ramp with almost centimeter-level precision (SN Online: 11/21/17). But there are millions of miles of open road that tech companies aren’t likely to plot in such detail any time soon.

Researchers now have developed a new autonomous navigation system that guides vehicles without such high-res maps, according to research being presented May 22 at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Brisbane, Australia. Cars equipped with this tech could hit the road for excursions off the beaten path.

The navigation system charts a course down unfamiliar roads

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