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Driverless Vehicles Go Manual in Moscow

Tuesday, 24 Aug 2010 09:28 AM

 

A pair of fender-benders, two technology-loving hitchhikers and 22 hours blocked at the Russian border. That's the balance sheet so far for a team of driverless vehicles on a 13,000-kilometer (8000-mile) roadtrip from Europe to China.

A group of Italian engineers from the University of Parma's Vislab are testing sensory technology that allow unmanned vehicles to avoid obstacles on the longest-ever roadtrip of driverless technology.

One month into the three-month journey, most errors have been human, and minor.

In Moscow, the automatic driving mechanism had to be turned off. The traffic patterns were just too chaotic.

The team departed Italy last month and is expected in Shanghai on Oct. 18 for a final demonstration at the World Expo.

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