Navigating old frontiers could become easier for self-driving cars

MapLite -- a framework that allows self-driving cars to drive on roads they've never been on before without 3-D maps -- combines simple GPS data that can be found on Google Maps with a series of sensors that observe road conditions. In tandem, these two elements allowed a team of scientists to autonomously drive on multiple unpaved country roads in Devens, Massachusetts, and reliably detect the road more than 100 feet in advance.

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