Stanley from DARPA challenge
Yesterday I went to the danish exhibition that is featuring Stanley - winner of the DARPA desert challenge some years ago (2006 maybe).
Now that's an awesome robot with some fancy equipment! I think it had 5 or 6 laser range finders on the roof constantly scanning the profile of the road in front of it and mixing this together an image from a camera on the roof of the landscape far ahead in order to recognize flat surface for driving on. It is based on some sophisticated machine learning algorithms so that it can adapt and learn from what it sees with its sensors
Just to conclude... I want one! :-D