Singapore recently saw something really innovative in the two-wheeler space. The National University of Singapore (NUS) has come with a vehicle that would be quite beneficial for those who are obsessed with their mobile phones. The University showed up its driverless scooter under its experiment of driverless vehicles.
The one seater scooter weighs a mere 50 kgs and has the capacity to run at a speed of 6kmph. The autonomous scooter has been fitted with laser sensors that help in navigating around obstacles. Having said that, this self-driving scooter is meant for narrow pathways on which large vehicle cannot pass. The scooter has successfully cleared all tests under the University Campus and the developers believe that this vehicle can actually help a lot in improving mobility solutions.
The scooter will also reportedly work in sync with other driverless vehicles in a country like Singapore where robo taxis and self-driving buses are being tested. At present, the only problem developers see in the scooter is it takes a few seconds to re-route once it finds an obstacle. For this and other reasons as well, the scooter will be tested further for improvements.
However, if you are planning to buy this scooter, you might have to wait for a considerable amount of time as the scooter is currently not available for sale. This project is done by NUS in association with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research & Technology (SMART).
Commenting on this, Mr Marcelo Ang Jr, NUS Associate Professor and project leader said, “I'm sure you have experienced people who just use their handphone while walking, and almost run into you … so it would be nice if you are just sitting down and checking your emails. We just give you more choices.”
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