DARPA Driverless Volkswagen Passat Is A Hit In London

November's the target date for the next DARPA Challenge, but it's not stopping some of the teams from trying to snag some publicity in the interim. The next Challenge, an urban city course, is drawing less of the "utility vehicles" than the off-road challenge. That's why VW's showing off at the London Science Museum what they think is the right vehicle for the contest — a Passat 2.0 TDI we've shown you before. But now we know some of the technical details of the Passat including that it'll be using

"two eye-like laser sensors in the front and one in the back that scan road conditions, buildings other vehicles and pedestrians over a range of up to 200 metres (650 feet)...an on-board computer digests and acts on the information..."
Finally, a Passat with laser beams on their frickin' heads!

Driverless car goes on show in London [Breitbart.com]

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