Monday, 26 July 2010

Solar-Powered, Driverless Cars To Travel From Rome To Shanghai

The Artificial Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (VisLab) of Italy’s Parma University have developed two solar-powered cars that will make an eco-trip from Rome to Shanghai. What makes this trip particularly different, however, is the fact that the cars will run without a driver. The two vans are autonomous, controlled by an on-board computer called GOLD, short for Generic Obstacle and Lane Detector.

"The aim is to demonstrate, through an extensive and impressive test, that the current technology is mature enough for the deployment of non-polluting and no-oil based autonomous vehicles in real conditions. Moreover the Municipality of Rome, an active player in this project, is planning to exploit these vehicles downtown to deliver goods to shops, collect trash, and arrange sustainable mobility in the last mile." VisLab states.

It is expected that after the cars are perfected, they could be used in agriculture, mining and commercial transportation.

Live video streaming from the vehicles will be available during the whole expedition - visit their website here.


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