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How Do Self-Driving Cars Work?

Self-driving cars guide

Driverless vehicles might seem like something out of a science-fiction film, but there are already over 30 million on the roads, as of 2022. 

While Avis has no self-driving vehicles in its rental fleet today, this could well be a different story in a few years time. So how do self-driving cars work?

To navigate the roads, driverless vehicles use an ingenious combination of high-tech hardware and artificial intelligence software. Together, this system allows the car to process information about its environment, then to start, stop, slow down, speed up and manoeuvre as necessary.

They’re not as complicated as you might think. Our self-driving cars guide will talk you through any questions you might have about this innovative technology. 

An illustration of self-driving cars in a busy town