MIT explains self-driving cars with rubber duckies

Self-driving cars seem an awful lot like magic. They contain elements of automotive technology, computer vision, artificial intelligence and many other cutting-edge fields of tech. So, if you wanted to learn how it all hangs together, where would you even start? MIT decided to start with… rubber duckies.Letting students loose on actual 3-ton vehicles with the power to kill, maim and otherwise cause a nightmare for lawyers might be a little bit much. To get around that, and to still help ignite students’ imagination, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (or, a far more palatable “CSAIL” for those in the know) created Duckietown, a project where 50 rubber duckies have to autonomously interact on a model city, navigating traffic signs, road markings and each other in perfect harmony. Oh…


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