Google’s driverless car has been voted TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2010. The car, based on the Toyota Prius, drove with only occasional human interventions a distance of 230,000km without any accident. That’s about five times of driving around the world.
There’s only one minor accident during the journey but that was not because of the car’s fault; it’s just that someone had just rammed into its rear while the car was stopping at a traffic ligit.
According to Wikipedia, the car utilises a system that combines information from Google Street View with artificial intelligence software as well as input from video cameras inside the car, a LIDAR sensor on top of the vehicle, radar sensors on the front of the vehicle and a position sensor attached to one of the rear wheels that helps locate the car’s position on the map.
Here’s a complete list of TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2010.