Best Self-Driving Vehicles
Smart transportation is definitely in our future, with self-driving cars and personal rapid transfer. Road to a hands-free future has been paved, yet the future of it all is still up in the air. What will massive amounts of self-driving vehicles on the road mean to our safety? How and in what ways will they change how we live our lives? Can they truly enrich our lives? Some of the competitors in this competition are on the right way of answering all of these questions. Now it's up to you to choose the right ones.
Launched in October 2015, the Navya Arma is a 100 % electric and autonomous transport vehicle. This innovating and intelligent driverless shuttle can transport up to 15 passengers and safely drive up to 45 km/h. Autonomous and flexible, the vehicle does not require any driver or specific infrastructure, meaning it can drive on its own on public roads. Intelligent and reliable, it can adapt to any situation by avoiding the static and dynamic obstacles. Environmentally friendly as it uses el...
ULTra (Urban Light Transit) is a personal rapid transit system developed by the British engineering company ULTra Global PRT. It is a battery-powered vehicle, easily capable of carrying 4 passengers and their luggage. Currently in use at London's Heathrow Airport, it operates on a 3.9 kilometre route connecting Terminal 5 to its business passenger car park. Future development is planned in Amritsar, India, and is projected to carry up to 100,000 passengers per day.
The Meridian shuttle is a driverless public transport vehicle designed for short routes in urban areas. Official testing started in Greenwich borough of London as a part of the larger GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) project. Although far from what we imagine a vehicle of future will look like, city planners of London are hoping that Meridian shuttle will be the first step to deploying autonomous public transportation around the country.
WEpod is the first self-driving electric shuttle intended for use on public roads. Each pod is equipped with cameras, radars, laser and GPS to track the environment the vehicle will travel in. A control room will monitor the vehicle and safety of its passengers. This six-person vehicle has a maximum speed of 40 km/h (25mph), but during the test phase, WEpod is being restricted to just 25 km/h (16mph).
Masdar pod is a driverless, battery driven pod that runs along tracks guided by magnets under the ground. Capable of carrying up to 4 people, its maximum speed is 40 km/h, but it is running on 25 km/h due to short distance. Masdar City planners initially envisioned pods under a raised street level throughout the city, but eventually opted for ground level only.
Pathfinder is the UK’s first driverless car, which has been designed to help commuters, shoppers, and the elderly travel short journeys. Designed and manufactured by Coventry-based automotive innovation firm RDM, the electric-powered two-seater pods are equipped with autonomous control systems developed by the University of Oxford's world-leading Mobile Robotics Group. Pathfinder has a maximum speed of 24 km/h (15mph), but will be limited electronically depending on the environment it is tr...