British 'self-drive' car to rival Google's expensive offer

The Oxford University car can 'drive itself'. Credit: John Cairns

Researchers from the UK have designed a 'self-driving' car that is much cheaper to get on the road than Google's multi-million pound venture.

Oxford University researchers have enabled a Nissan Leaf electric road car to 'drive itself' on stretches of a familiar route.

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UK designed self driving car

British researchers have designed a car that will drive itself. The navigation system can recognise its surroundings using small cameras and lasers discreetly built into the body of an adapted electric car and linked to a computer in the boot.