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Autonomous electric vehicles (A-VE) are self-driving vehicles powered by electricity rather than gasoline. These vehicles use sensors and computer vision to navigate. A-EVs are capable of driving where traditional cars and human drivers do.
Tesla, an electric car company founded by Elon Musk, is developing autonomous vehicles which can steer toward highway entrance and exists. While innovative, Tesla self-driving cars are not fully autonomous and require human oversight during operation. Traditional car makers are also working on electric self-driving vehicles and plan to offer advanced driver assist features by 2025.
The Robotics Institute at the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science is home to researchers who study and develop autonomous and semi-autonomous technology. Since 1984, the Carnegie Mellon Navigation Lab (Navlab) has been building computer-controlled vehicles and assisted driving technologies. Navlab 11, a 2000 Jeep Wrangler, is the latest vehicle created by the Navlab team. It uses a variety of sensors to detect objects in close view and at long range.