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Autonomous transport sector research reduces human intervention, costs. Technological advancements may mean vehicles and airports of the future might very well be automated. “The technology is there, which means it’s possible. We’ve done a feasibility study looking at state-of-the-art automation within the agricultural, air, maritime, vehicle, and military sectors,” senior SINTEF research scientist Dr Gunnar Deinboll Jenssen tells The Foreigner. Moreover, the two regional airports of Røst and Værøy in northern Norway’s Nordland County have been used as test facilities for remotely-operated control towers, which were handled from a centre in Bodø.

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Autonomous transport sector research reduces human intervention, costs

Published on Monday, 4th May, 2015 at 19:14 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 5th May 2015 at 10:11.

Technological advancements may mean vehicles and airports of the future might very well be automated.

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The autonomous cars may not look like this one from the 'Minority Report' film, but advances in technology could mean no drivers are needed in the future.Lexus 2054
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“The technology is there, which means it’s possible. We’ve done a feasibility study looking at state-of-the-art automation within the agricultural, air, maritime, vehicle, and military sectors,” senior SINTEF research scientist Dr Gunnar Deinboll Jenssen tells The Foreigner.

Moreover, the two regional airports of Røst and Værøy in northern Norway’s Nordland County have been used as test facilities for remotely-operated control towers, which were handled from a centre in Bodø.

According to Dr Jenssen at the Trondheim-based research company, the Ministry of Transport and Communications is to increase the number following this successful trial.

“Autonomous winter maintenance vehicles for airports, and eventually roads, will also be coming, though this is still out to tender internationally,” he says. “No decision has been made on which solution to use, but the vehicles would deploy both laser guidance and zero-visbility systems. The latter maps a 360-degree 3D image.”

Advanced taxi

In other advancements, driver-on-demand taxi service Uber has recently announced it has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University in the US.

They are to create and open the Uber Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh near the CMU campus.

The aim is for CMU faculty, staff, students, and senior Uber technology personnel to conduct research and development, primarily within mapping and vehicle safety and autonomy technology, according to the statement.

Website techcrunch.com reports that self-driving taxis will be built at this robotics research facility. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has already said that he would replace drivers with self-driving cars, a prototype which Google unveiled last year.

“The reason Uber could be expensive is you're paying for the other dude in the car. When there is no other dude in the car, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere is cheaper. Even on a road trip,” Mr Kalanick told Business Insider.

Reduced costs

A report by the International Transport Forum has found that eliminating 90 per cent of vehicles on the road by using self-driving cars will essentially transform cities. This would slash commuting times and opening up acres of land.

In their investigations, scientists at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) examined data on actual car trips in Lisbon, Portugal.

It showed that a fleet of self-driving shared “TaxiBots” combined with high-capacity public transport would ultimately render 9 out of 10 cars in a mid-sized European city redundant.

“For small and medium-sized cities, it is conceivable that a shared fleet of self-driving vehicles could completely obviate the need for traditional public transport,” the scientists state.

The report’s authors also conclude that this in turn would eliminate much of a city’s need for existing parking, which may reduce the price of retail goods by about 1 per cent if removed.

Parking spaces increase construction costs, meaning consumers have to foot the bill in the form of increased prices on rent and retail goods.




Published on Monday, 4th May, 2015 at 19:14 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 5th May 2015 at 10:11.

This post has the following tags: technology, cars, transport.





  
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