navia robotic self-driving electric shuttle car by induct
 
navia robotic self-driving electric shuttle car by induct navia robotic self-driving electric shuttle car by induct
aug 19, 2013

navia robotic self-driving electric shuttle car by induct

‘navia’ robotic self-driving electric shuttle car by induct technology begins trial in singapore
all images courtesy induct

 

 

ideal for environments requiring safe and environment-friendly transportation solution, ‘navia’, the eight passenger robotic driverless electric vehicle has been designed by induct technologies to complement conventional transport (public or private) by taking care of the dreaded ‘last mile’ in daily commutes. capable of navigating through pedestrianized city centers, large industrial sites, airports, theme parks, university campuses or hospital complexes on its own, ‘navia’ travels at a maximum speed of 20 km/h (12.5 mph) carrying people independently thanks to its on-board lasers and sensors.

 

as part of a two-year collaboration between nanyang technological university and JTC corporation’s cleantech park in singapore, ‘navia’ will be tested along a pre-determined two kilometer route, where induct will improve and enhance electric vehicle battery reliability and charging speeds, as well as overall vehicle efficiency.

 

 

navia self driving electric shuttle car
video courtesy Induct Technology

 

using sensory technology, the autonomous form of transportation can locate itself within its surroundings, detect and avoid obstacles in its path or even map out a route for passengers on-board. a touchscreen within the interior offers various stops and end points – users just select their destination on the screen, and the shuttle automatically follows the desired route. once there, the doors open to let passengers get on and off. ‘public transport is not enough on its own. we have to think of ways of getting around that are accessible and near at hand.’ says pierre lefèvre, CEO of induct. ‘the aim is to improve mobility by thinking beyond traditional layouts and the private car,’ he adds. ‘being electric, the navia is silent; it recharges itself unaided at a docking station, and needs no special infrastructure such as rails, so it can work on any kind of site.’

 

‘navia’ travels at a maximum speed of 20 km/h carrying people thanks to its on-board lasers and sensors

 

 

navia’s system provides a flexible mode of transport that can be tailored to the layout of any site. the vehicle can be used like a bus, with predefined stops and a strict timetable; or it can provide on- call transport where it is summoned from a terminal, a smartphone or online. in this mode all the passenger needs to do is get on board and enter a destination at the control screen.

 

 

the vehicle can be used like a bus, with predefined stops and a strict timetable

 

 

GPS and sensors that detect the vehicle’s acceleration (accelerometers) and its rotation (gyroscopes) around all three axis, enabling it to instantly calculate its position, route and distance traveled since the last known position.

 

 

the autonomous form of transportation can locate itself within its surroundings avoiding obstacles in its path

 

 

four laser-based light detection and ranging units with a 200 yard range sweep the area ahead and provide a precise reading of the space around it, accurate to one centimeter. from the data the system generates, a map of the immediate surroundings is created which it uses to steer the vehicle’s course. obstacles are detected by combining the LIDAR information with a system of optical cameras that give stereo vision in the same way as a person’s two eyes.

 

 

GPS and sensors that detect the vehicle’s acceleration and its rotation around all three axis

 

 

four laser-based light detection and ranging units with a 200 yard range sweep the area ahead

 

 

the navia comes equipped with an emergency stop

 

 

 two cameras’ viewpoints allows depth mapping and 3D perception of the scene under observation

 

 

navia laser view
video courtesy Induct Technology

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