Driverless vehicles are already has been discussed for many years. Unfortunately most of them are still at the conceptual stage, we are not seeing those real driverless vehicles on the road for real, except those we saw on the movies one. However, this CyCab is the one nearest to production.
Developed by French company INRIA over 10 years, the Cycab is just looks like a golf cart. It uses a laser to avoid obstacles in its pathand a dual-lens camera to follow road markings. It can even be navigated from a mobile phone.
The Cycab remind me the KITT car from the popular TV series Knight Rider, which starred David Hasselhoff, which is the car has an automated voice gives information to passengers along the route. Beside of that each CyCab also communicates via the internet which allows vehicles to share information so that they can follow one another at a small distance, or surf the web and gather real-time traffic information so that they can avoid traffic jams.
CyCab is not quite ready for mass production, but it should see some uses in the near future. In fact, the ULTras, the British version of the CyCab will appear to be used to transport passengers from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 in November of 2009. But before that, let’s take a look of this car at the demonstration’s video first.
It seems too slow isn’t it?