Japanese robotics company ZMP have created the Robocar Z in hopes that it can teach us more about the future of robot-controlled automobiles. The vehicle has a protruding which holds two cameras which connect to a state of the art image recognition system.
The Robocar is thought to be an ideal platform for testing robotized vehicle automation before heading to the big time. The Robocar Z has its very own API and runs off of Linux, so developers are apparently encouraged to work their magic. The basic model costs a staggering $7,ooo to produce.