MIT has announced the development of a new system that allows autonomous vehicles (AVs) to see better around corners.

The new MIT system can sense tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if a moving object is coming around the corner.

MIT says that AVs could one day use the system to quickly avoid a potential collision with a vehicle or pedestrian emerging from around the corner of a building or between parked cars.

MIT says that robots of the future could also use the systems to navigate hallways inside a building.

Researchers say that when sensing and stopping for an approaching vehicle, the car-based system beats traditional LIDAR.

LIDAR is only able to detect visible objects; MIT’s system is more than a half-second faster than LIDAR.

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