Video: How autonomous vehicles see the world

How autonomous vehicles see the world
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UK testing for autonomous cars is set to start on January 1 with trials taking part in Greenwich, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Coventry. However, the UK is behind the curve when it comes to self-driving machines, as companies such as Google have been testing out this type of kit on the roads for years.

Google's technology is already smart enough to keep an eye out for traffic, cyclists and pedestrians – and even road works. The software maps out the road ahead and keeps track of drivers', cyclists' and pedestrians' trajectories to avoid collisions.

Nokia on the other hand, has mapped out a network of roads in New Orleans, using machinery that can plot more than 700,000 bits of data every second, to give a lifelike 3D view of the roads.

You may not be able to go out and buy an autonomous car just yet, but rest assured that numerous companies are beavering away behind the scenes to create some very sophisticated kit which will revolutionise the way we drive when it arrives.

Hat tip to Car Throttle.