Australia says its first self-driving car can ‘navigate without driver input’; Experts are skeptical

This week in Australia, self-driving cars will be hitting the public roads. The cars, powered by technology from German manufacturer Bosch, have been developed in partnership with the Australian government, which invested $1.2 million in the project. Sporting Tesla shells as the exterior, these autonomous cars are built with a combination of sensors—including six radars, six LiDAR (built to spin 360 degrees), high resolution GPS, and a stereo video camera.  John Dolan, principal systems scientist in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, said that the sensors are “fairly standard for research-level autonomous cars,” although he thinks the stereo cameras are less common.