(Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET)
Google’s fleet of autonomous cars, based on the Toyota Prius and Lexus RX, have become almost a common site in the high-tech environs of the San Francisco Bay Area, but CNET reporter Declan McCullagh caught a new entrant on the scene, an apparently Bosch-owned autonomous research car driving the roads around Palo Alto.
The car was a BMW 325d, a European diesel model not currently available in the U.S. As Bosch supplies the diesel components for the 325d engine, it is not surprising the company would use this model.
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Perched on top of the car sat a rack holding a sensor array, similar to that found on Google’s autonomous cars. The component sitting highest is likely a LIDAR sensor, which uses lasers to paint a 3D picture of the … [Read more]