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Insights on the “self-driving vehicle revolution”

The self-driving vehicle revolution (Mac Kinsey)

The self-driving vehicle revolution (Mac Kinsey)

 

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) represent a major innovation for the automotive industry, but their potential impact with respect to timing, uptake, and penetration remains hazy. While high levels of uncertainty currently surround the issue, the ultimate role that AVs could play regarding the economy, mobility, and society as a whole could be profound.” (Mc Kinsey)

Great insights from Mc Kinsey !! Read more from:  The self-driving vehicle revolution

As well as a last minute addition: the MSN post “15 ways self-driving cars could change your life”:

15 ways self-driving cars could change your life

 

 

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Driverless MiniBuses (EV) in La Rochelle (France) !!

Driverless bus (Actu Environnement)

Driverless bus (Actu Environnement)

The city of La Rochelle in France has just hosted, in the context of the EU experiment “Citymobil 2″, a fleat of fully automated and electric vehicles with the aim of transporting city passengers and of checking the ” social acceptability” of the project. 14.661 journeys were counted on board of six minibuses operated without drivers during a period of over 4 months in La Rochelle (France). 100% Electric (EVs), these vehicules are  5 m long and 1.5 m wide and can carry up to 10 people. Their speed in public areas may not exceed 15 km/h and has even been reduced to 8 km/h in order to avoid incidents in this seaside touristic town. There were however no collisions/accidents during the test period!

These automated buses, built by the French manufacturer Robosoft, are connected to monitoring systems and are equipped with an advanced GPS system as well as a laser mapping system for localisation and movement control. To detect obstacles at front and on the side (bicycles, walkers, starting cars …), laser and ultrasound devices are used.

Read more (Article and Video in French from “Actu Environnement”) at:

http://www.actu-environnement.com/ae/news/La-rochelle-experimentation-vehicule-sans-chauffeur-citymobil-24521.php4#video&xtor=EREC-107

With thanks to Pr Jean Englebert for submitting/introducing this article/project.

 


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