Commercial Robotics

Robot CyberCars Considered for Antibes

Posted 2 Dec 2004 at 17:08 UTC by steve Share This

According to a recent Time Europe article, the town of Antibes on the French Riviera is considering a fleet of autonomous robot cars called CyCabs to help move the many visitors to their town around the cramped streets. Each CyCab autonomously follows preprogrammed routes, using laser sensors to detect and avoid obstacles. Unlike other automated cars now in service in other parts of Europe, the CyCab doesn't need to follow embedded street markers. During a public test in June, 3,000 people got to try out the cars. The lack of a steering wheel made some people nervous initially but it appears they began to trust the technology pretty quickly. The CyCab is one of many CyberCar prototypes being developed by a consortium of European nations working to reinvent the automobile. For more, see the MPEG videos of the cars demonstrating obstacle avoidance and traffic negotiation.

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