If not for Google’s driverless research this would be another slip for the US
I posted about the start of this when it began:
Driverless vans end 8,000-mile test drive to China
Four driverless electric vans successfully ended a 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.
The sensors on the vehicles enabled them to navigate through wide extremes in road, traffic and weather conditions, while collecting data to be analyzed for further research, in a study sponsored by the European Research Council.
- Driverless vans end 8,000-mile test drive to China (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Without driver or map, vans go from Italy to China (ctv.ca)
- Driverless vans end Italy to Shanghai trip (cbc.ca)
- Driverless van covers 8,077 miles between Italy and China (cnn.com)