MIT’s self-driving cars for country roads

Researchers from MIT showcased its self-driving car system called MapLite, which is designed a little different. Unlike most autonomous driving vehicles that can navigate through the city, the car can reportedly navigate off-road trails. According to reports, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, in cooperation with Toyota, created a new self-driving car system called MapLite. The new framework still relies on GPS to establish its location relative to its destination. However, during navigation, it apparently does not rely on 3D maps like most of the autonomous vehicle technology. In its place, the program takes advantage of the various sensors on board to generate a path to its destination. Moreover, the entire setup uses LiDAR to come up with a rough estimate of the road’s edges. The technology is far from perfect but it seems like a step in the right direction for self-driving cars in the future.