16 Aug '13, 10pm

Singapore to try out driverless shuttle on public roads

Singapore to try out driverless shuttle on public roads

Should you be at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) sometime soon, and wish to take the shuttle bus to JTC Corporation's CleanTech Park, you might find yourself in a vehicle that drives itself. Plans call for just such an autonomous shuttle to start running the 2-km (1.2-mile) route, as a real-world test of driverless public transportation. The electric 8-passenger vehicle is a model already being made by France’s Induct Technology, and is known as the Navia. Passengers get on board at a designated stop, and select their destination stop on a touchscreen display of the route. The vehicle then heads out onto public roads at a maximum speed of 12.5 mph (20 km/h). It uses four LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging) units, along with stereoscopic optical cameras, to generate a real-time 3D depth map of its surroundings. This allows it to avoid obstacles, stay in i...

Full article: http://www.gizmag.com/singapore-navia-driverless-shuttle/...

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