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Environment-friendly car cuts out the driver. Transport of the future to cut both city pollution and traffic. Imagine being able to summon your car and let it do the driving. The cars that only a few years ago belonged solely in science-fiction films are here now.Effective and flexible This week, a conference called “The Future is Driverless” opens in Trondheim. The city has been selected to be one of five testing areas for the CityMobil project. Heathrow Terminal 5 is already running a pilot project, and there are plans to implement it airport-wide should it prove to be a success.

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Environment-friendly car cuts out the driver

Published on Tuesday, 25th August, 2009 at 22:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Transport of the future to cut both city pollution and traffic.

Vehicle under front canopy
Vehicle under front canopy
Photo: Advanced Transport Systems Ltd.


Imagine being able to summon your car and let it do the driving. The cars that only a few years ago belonged solely in science-fiction films are here now.

Effective and flexible

This week, a conference called “The Future is Driverless” opens in Trondheim. The city has been selected to be one of five testing areas for the CityMobil project. Heathrow Terminal 5 is already running a pilot project, and there are plans to implement it airport-wide should it prove to be a success.

According to CityMobil itself, the European Commission-funded project aims to reduce congestion and pollution, promote safer driving, a give a higher quality of living.

“Driverless cars can serve a need that we haven’t managed to solve adequately…The big advantage is that the system doesn’t depend on a timetables, operates on demand, and is flexible,” Torgeir Vaa, a senior researcher at the SINTEF Scandinavian research group tells vg.no.

The fully-automatic cars are not meant to replace scheduled high-speed mass public transport, but serve as a supplement on shorter journeys.

How it works

According to the paper the car travels at 6kph, can drive in both directions, and is guided by a laser at each end which tells it where it is in relation to a pre-scanned digital map of its surroundings. Should an onboard radar detect an obstruction, the vehicle stops automatically.

Touching the screen to say where you want to go is done upon embarkation, and the car will tell you when it is ready to depart. Transport can be reserved using your mobile, or by terminals located in town.

Vaa says that future systems will allow the vehicles to travel at speeds of up to 30kph.



Published on Tuesday, 25th August, 2009 at 22:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: citymobil, car, driverless, transport, future, environment, friendly, european, commission, trondheim, norway.





  
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