The $800M Robot To Beat Uber
In the media lately there has been a lot of discussion on driverless cars. Most companies have taken the approach to modify existing cars with driverless technology however one company, Zoox, led by Australian born Tim Kentley-Klay, have approached this from a completely fresh perspective, to build a fully autonomous car from the ground up, rethinking the technology to create a type of robotic car.
The cars use a combination of cameras, radars and lidars to map what there is around you, the distance to these objects and their position in 3d planes. The cars are able to navigate from urban areas, to freeways and extremely dense traffic areas seamlessly.
You can see prototypes functioning on their website and they are on track to have a fully autonomous car available by 2020: https://zoox.com/