Without Driver Or Map, Vans Go From Italy To China

NPR

Across Eastern Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Gobi Desert — it certainly was a long way to go without getting lost.

Four driverless electric vans successfully ended an 8,000-mile (13,000-kilometer) test drive from Italy to China — a modern-day version of Marco Polo’s journey around the world — with their arrival at the Shanghai Expo on Thursday.

The vehicles, equipped with four solar-powered laser scanners and seven video cameras that work together to detect and avoid obstacles, are part of an experiment aimed at improving road safety and advancing automotive technology.

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  1. admin says:

    Really, shouldn’t we have auto-pilot cars by now? It is 2010 after all.

    Of course, it may restore the literal meaning to a ‘hard drive crash’, lol

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