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A self-driving vehicle with an array of sensors

Perception with Self-Driving Vehicles

Self-driving vehicles use a wide array of sensors to perceive their surroundings, on-board computers to combine and process the data from all of those sensors, and one or more motors to safely move the vehicle along the road using AI (artificial intelligence). Self-driving vehicles often make use of high resolution cameras to be able to recognize things such as pedestrians, road signs, and other vehicles. Vision data from the cameras is often combined with sensors that use lasers to measure distance between the vehicle and other objects. This allows the on-board computers to make decisions based on what types of objects are in their environment, and how far away each object is.