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Oxford University Robot Car
Meet the automated chauffeur of the future...
Meet the robot car that is able to drive itself and knows how to route its way around traffic jams.
Researchers at Oxford University modified a Wildcat vehicle built by BAE systems to be able to 'see' the world around it using cameras, radars and lasers mounted on the car.
An onboard computer processes the data collected by these sensors and is able to steer the car around hazards in the road. The system 'sees' by building a 3D map of its environment using the sensor data and picking out potential obstacles or other significant objects. The team are training the system to be able to distinguish between different types of objects in its 3D map of its surroundings.
The aim is to develop an "autonomous" vehicle that is able to spot hazards and safely drive to a destination without anyone at the wheel.
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