Swiss technology institute employs driverless electric shuttle for in-campus navigation


Driverless electric cars are definitely the future of clean and safe transportation and this is the reason we see tech companies, including Google, trying out their best in creating driverless cars for future urbanities. Working on the same lines, French firm Induct Technology has come up with a driverless electric shuttle, dubbed Navia, for transportation in campuses, shopping malls, business parks and universities.

The eight passenger robotized shuttle is now being used on the campus of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, a technology institute in Switzerland. The driverless vehicle can run at a maximum speed of 12mph and can be accessed when a user calls for it from a Smartphone app. Once the shuttle arrives the user can choose the destination on a touchscreen. The shuttle then makes use of laser telemetry, GPS, 3D cameras and sensors to navigate to its route.

The shuttle runs on lithium polymer batteries and uses a 15-inch instant induction recharging system at each stop. Though the shuttle is nowhere close to being a car that you can use to reach office each day, the technology employed is definitely interesting. Induct states that they are talks to bring the shuttle to other universities in different parts of the world and also see its use in shopping malls and business parks.

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