VisLab was one of the first laboratories to invest on vision technologies on board of vehicles and its efforts are still contributing to shape the history of vehicular robotics.
The application of vision systems on board of vehicles not only requires to fully dominate the latest vision technologies, but also have a deep knowledge of the key issues of this environment, such as calibration, illumination, noise, temperature, power consumption, as well as cost and installation requirements.


During the past 20+ years, VisLab developed a number of vehicle prototypes integrating different functions, from ADAS to fully automated driving. In particular, the perception layer has attracted a lot of interest, together with the navigation layer.  Vehicle detection, obstacle detection, pedestrian detection, lane detection, traffic sign recognition, and terrain mapping are only some examples of the capabilities which have been embedded on VisLab’s prototypes.

At the navigation level, path planning and trajectory planning played basic roles in the development of the vehicles’  autonomous capabilities.

VisLab is also mastering the required concepts for x-by-wire driving.

The following video shows a brief summary of the PROUD2013 Driverless Car test that VisLab organized on July 12, 2013.


2014: Deeva – The new VisLab autonomous vehicle

On March 31, 2014, DEEVA – the new driverless vehicle prototype designed and realized by VisLab – was presented to the media. DEEVA is a breakthrough in autonomous driving design since it integrates 20+ cameras and 4 laserscanners, while still looking like a normal vehicle.

Click here to see more pictures of DEEVA.

2013: PROUD – Public ROad Urban Driverless-Car Test

On July 12, 2013, BRAiVE, VisLab’s most advanced autonomous car, drove in downtown Parma, negotiating two-way narrow rural roads, pedestrian crossings, traffic lights, artificial bumps, pedestrian areas, and tight roundabouts. Everything with absolutely no human intervention for the first time ever!

2010: The VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge

13.000 km, 3 months of trip…and no one driving!  VisLab team set up an extended test of its technology: a trip between Parma, Italy, and Shanghai, China, in autonomous mode that ended at the World Expo; please check

2008: ERC Grant

Prof. Broggi received a grant from the European Research Council, as one of the best The first Italian autonomous vehicleEuropean researchers, that is used to and strengthen VisLab research in the field of enhancing road safety by means of innovative driving assistance systems and automatic driving.

2008: BRAiVE prototype

VisLab finished the preparation of the new BRAiVE vehicle. BRAiVE (short for BRAin-drIVE) is an innovative intelligent vehicle prototype with a very extended sensor suite (10 cameras, 4 laserscanners, laser beams, radar, GPS, and IMU); the 4 onboard PCs allow it to drive autonomously. BRAiVE was officially presented at the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium IV`09 in Xi’an, China.

2007: TerraMax at the DARPA Urban Challenge

TerraMax is one of 11 vehicles to pass the qualifications and attend the DARPA Urban Challenge; TerraMax perceives the 3D world thanks
to 11 cameras, providing all-round vision in a urban environment.

2005: VisLab’s vision systems drive TerraMax to the finishing line of the DARPA Grand Challenge

In total autonomy, TerraMax completes the DARPA Grand Challenge: a 132 miles long unknown off-road course,
traversing mountains and deserts. TerraMax is the only vehicle completing the race using vision as its
main perception technology.

2004: VisLab hosts the IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium

The IEEE IV 2004 Symposium is organized by VisLab in Parma, Italy; researchers, practitioners, and managers reach Parma to attend the
conference and the related vehicles’ demonstrations.

1998: ARGO and the MilleMiglia in Automatico

Completely designed and implemented by VisLab, the ARGO prototype vehicle is the first autonomous passenger car exhaustively tested for more than 2000 km (94% of which in autonomous mode) on Italian highways, together with regular traffic.  ARGO is considered one of the milestones of vehicular robotics worldwide (see Wikipedia).



In the last 15+ years VisLab worked on many different vehicle prototypes, from test vehicles up to completely autonomous systems. Here you can find a sample list.

Deeva, the new VisLab autonomous vehicle

Vehicle for VIAC, Vislab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge

BRAiVE, VisLab’s first x-by-wire vehicle

Vehicle equipped by VisLab for
pedestrian detection in urban areas

Vehicle for driving tests under the influence of drugs, alcool, medicines

VW Passat provided by Volkswagen to test pedestrian detection

VW Touareg provided by Volkswagen to test FIR-based processing

Mobile Laboratory developed within the EUREKA PROMETHEUS project

The first Italian autonomous vehicle tested on 2000+ km in 1998

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