Historical Milestones


Acquisition by Ambarella


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.



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!



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;



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.

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.



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.


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.


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.


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).