Inexpensive alternative to Google’s self-driving cars uses lasers and cameras to navigate

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Oxford University has unveiled a new autonomous car system that takes a different approach to Google’s self-driving vehicles. RobotCar UK uses front-mounted 3D laser scanners and cameras on the vehicle to compare the environment to stored map data; if the car feels confident in its ability to take the wheel, it will notify the driver via software running on a dashboard-mounted iPad. Currently the system runs on a modified Nissan Leaf and has been tested at up to 40mph.

“It’s not total autonomy for the car,” says Professor Paul Newman, speaking to the Guardian. “It knows when things are good, and when the risks are reasonable, and then it will offer to take over.” Unlike Google’s system, RobotCar UK doesn’t use GPS, and is restricted…

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