What’s hot in driverless cars?

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Who's driving

The development of self-driving and autonomous cars seems to be all the rage in the automotive community these days. Certainly lots of work remains to be done around safety and communications technologies but there is a heavy push to make car drones a reality. Here we take a look at some of the most recent developments.

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Mobility Teammate

Toyota Motor Corp's self-driving technology "Mobility Teammate Concept" prototype car changes lane on the Metropolitan Expressway during the Toyota Advanced Technologies media preview in Tokyo, Japan this month. Toyota said it would aim to bring to market cars that can autonomously change lanes, merge with traffic, and overtake other vehicles on highways by around 2020.

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It has its own button

The logo of Toyota Motor Corp's self-driving technology "Mobility Teammate Concept", which aims a team-based relationship between drivers and vehicles, is seen on a self-driving button on a steering wheel as a staff member of Toyota Motor Corp drives its prototype car during the Toyota Advanced Technologies media preview in Tokyo, Japan this month.

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Autopilot

New Autopilot features are demonstrated in a Tesla Model S. The Tesla Model S version 7.0 software update, which came out recently, contains the Autopilot features.

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Tesla Model S

A Tesla Model S with version 7.0 software update containing Autopilot features.

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Radar technology

The radar technology of a Tesla Model S containing Autopilot features is shown.

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Smile

The forward-facing camera of a Tesla Model S containing Autopilot features.

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Prototype

A prototype of Google's own self-driving vehicle is seen during a media preview of Google's current autonomous vehicles.

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Street scene data

Street scene data is visualized by a Google self-driving car during a presentation at a media preview of Google's prototype autonomous vehicles.

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Watch your back

The rear of a Lexus SUV equipped with Google self-driving sensors.

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What the car sees

Video captured by a Google self-driving car is coupled with the same street scene as the data is visualized by the car during a presentation.

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EMIRAI3 xAUTO

Mitsubishi Electric's self-driving concept car "EMIRAI3 xAUTO" is driven using the hands-free function.

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Risky

An onboard display monitor of Mitsubishi Electric's self-driving concept car "EMIRAI3 xAUTO" shows a risk map of a right turn collision by analyzing both front camera images and the database of traffic accidents in the past.

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On the road again

An autonomous self-driving vehicle goes onto the road during a demonstration in Singapore.

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Show the way

A crew member inputs his route in an autonomous self-driving vehicle as it goes onto the road during a demonstration at one-north business park in Singapore.

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Intelligent transportation system

An "intelligent transportation system" (ITS) technology device, which communicates with vehicles to alert drivers of danger, is seen on an intersection at a street.

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Showing others on the road

An onboard display monitor shows other vehicles as a staff member of Toyota drives its self-driving technology "Mobility Teammate Concept" prototype car hands-free on the Metropolitan Expressway during the Toyota Advanced Technologies demo this month.

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Actros autonomous truck

An Actros autonomous truck by Mercedes-Benz (L) conducts its premiere of driving along public highway A8 between Denkendorf and Stuttgart, Germany Oct. 2, 2015. The world's first series-production autonomous truck Actros was equipped with the intelligent Highway Pilot system for this driving test this month.

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Looking for treasure

A forward-looking sensor is seen mounted on a Delphi autonomous car before it departed Treasure Island for a cross-country trip from San Francisco to New York City earlier this year. The self-driving vehicle, modified from a production Audi SQ5 crossover, will travel 3,500 miles in a demonstration of the automotive parts manufacturer's capabilities while collecting over 2 terabytes of data.

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Luxury in motion

The Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion autonomous concept car.

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Luxury interior

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz F015 Luxury in Motion autonomous concept car.

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Sensory overload?

A screen displays views from various onboard sensors in a Google self-driving vehicle.

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Shuttling with no driver

People ride on a driverless electric vehicle at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. The eight-passenger shuttle vehicle named Navia makes use of laser rangefinders, cameras and a navigation software that allows it to move autonomously and safely at speeds up to 20 km/h.

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Autonomous

An autonomous self-driving shuttle vehicle in Singapore.

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Lutz Pathfinder

A member of the media photographs a prototype of a Lutz Pathfinder driverless vehicle is displayed to members of the media in Greenwich, east London. The Pathfinder will become the first vehicle of its kind to be used in a community setting.

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Who will announce the tourist spots?

People ride a prototype of a driverless vehicle as it is moves through a pedestrian area in Greenwich, east London.