A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has developed a technology that allows autonomous cars to see what’s going on around the corner.
The developers hope that the technology will help to identify hazards that are out of sight of unmanned vehicles, including pedestrians and other vehicles, in a timely manner.
How it works: Cameras installed at the top of the vehicle scan a specific section of the road in front of it and analyze each frame. If, for example, an unmanned vehicle leaves the garage, the system will detect the vehicle around the corner in its shadow on the road, even if it is out of line of sight.
The new system goes through a testing phase, and so far only in enclosed spaces without natural light. It is not yet ready for use on real roads, but researchers hope that over time the technology will find its way to the market and make unmanned vehicles safer.