emptywallet writes: Recent news about Google's robot cars should not make us forget that robot cars were already driving in German traffic 15 years ago — see this robot car history. In 1995 an autonomous vision-based robot Mercedes of Ernst Dickmanns drove more than 1000 miles on public highways from Munich to Denmark and back, up to 100 miles without intervention of a human safety driver, at up to 110 mph, automatically passing slower cars in the left lane, visually tracking up to 12 other cars simultaneously. It did not even need GPS navigation, the main feature of today's robot cars. It is also remarkable that back then computers were a thousand times slower than today.
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