Friday, December 03, 2004

New Meaning To The Term Autocar

French drivers and visitors to the Riviera town of Antibes near Nice got to try something different in transportation recently. It looked like a golf cart, but had no steering wheel or brake pedals. Say what?! The CyberCar used pre-programmed routes and a lidar collision avoidance system to steer about 3,000 people around town during a week long test. Developed by a consortium of 15 European research centers spearheaded by Michel Parent, the CyberCar's advantage is that it requires no fixed infrastructure. Between an onboard navigation system and the laser system for avoiding obstacles, the electric cars can be used anywhere. Maybe we can get the city of Seattle to use them instead of this light-rail nonsense. Nah!


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