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Junior 3 - with discreet sensors

Still plenty of equipment in the trunk, but the external appearance looks like the regular vehicle – no bulky sensors or bolt-on equipment to be seen.


Here’s a video of this VW parking at Stanford this weekend. No drivers. No remote control. It parks itself.


A Bosch video cam is mounted discretely near the rear-view mirror, like a rain sensor (photo below). Bespoke scanning LIDAR sensors for 3D mapping are mounted behind each rear wheel and behind the front grill logo.


With the sensors out of sight, the robocar was breathtaking, like K.I.T.T. made manifest.

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Taken on October 24, 2009