After self-driving cars making it on roads, it could be self-driving mobility scooters that might just turn out to be the next big thing. Researchers in Singapore has come out with self-driving mobility scooters that drive single pedestrians along footpaths. The innovation has emerged out of the need to curb accidents involving phone-obsessed walkers, who are more vulnerable to bump into things due to the lack of attention. That said, it will be of great aid to the elderly too.
So, the one-seater, four-wheel, 50 kg vehicle is capable of travelling at a top speed of 6 km/h and has laser sensors to help navigate around obstacles. It slows down when it detects obstacles up to 4 km/h in front of it and has a 0.2 second response time.
The scooter is developed by the National University of Singapore (NUS), the city-state’s latest experiment with driverless vehicles as it pushes ahead with its vision of using autonomous technology to help deal with the challenges of its limited land and labour. The mobility scooter has undergone successful tests on campus and developers said it can help improve mobility for all ages, cut down on the need for cars and also lower accident rates.