My ex-colleague Alberto Broggi
from the University of Parma created a vehicle able to drive, without a driver, from Rome, Italy to Shanghai, China (over 13,000 Km or 8,000 miles). The electric car, driven by a PC reached Shanghai, China on October 28 after crossing two continents and surviving all sort of driving environments. The vehicles, equipped with four solar-powered laser scanners and seven video cameras that work together to detect and avoid obstacles, are part of an experiment aimed at improving road safety and advancing automotive technology.
The University of Parma project was sponsored by the European Research Council.