MIT's self-driving car can navigate unmapped country roads

Theres a good reason why companies often test self-driving cars in big cities: theyd be lost most anywhere else. They typically need well-labeled 3D maps to identify curbs, lanes and signs, which isnt much use on a backwoods road where those features might not even exist. MIT CSAIL may have a solution, though. Its researchers (with some help from Toyota) have developed a new framework, MapLite, that can find its way without any 3D maps.
The system gets a basic sense of th……
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