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autonomous vehicle (AV)

An autonomous vehicle (AV) is a computer-controlled truck, bus, or auto that utilizes radar, global positioning systems, light detection and ranging, sensors, and computer vision to detect and respond to the surrounding environment and navigate safely without the need for human intervention.

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To qualify as a fully autonomous vehicle, it must be able to navigate without human assistance over roads and highways that have not been altered for the vehicle's use.


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