Innovation

Last week I was taken for a ride in two driverless cars

OK. So they're both actually driving robots, that follow a course guided by GPS, used to test systems that could be used for driverless cars - but in the controlled environment of a go-cart track they can, as Paul Fleck states, "drive by themselves all day long".

Here's couple of iPhone quick videos taken from the back seats of not one but two driverless cars, demonstrated at the Sense Media Self-Driving Track Day at Sundown Park Esher on 25 April.

The first features AB Dynamics' robot drive fitted to a SEAT as demonstrated by the company's Senior Systems Engineer Richard Simpson.

According to its website, ABD's Path Following system, enables "robots to guide the vehicle along a pre-defined path with the vehicle's position, speed and time along the path all precisely controlled. The vehicle's position feedback is provided by a 2cm-accurate GPS-corrected motion pack. ABD's Duramon software can be used to monitor the vehicle's condition. High-speed wireless telemetry enables the user to supervise the vehicle from a suitable base-station beside the track."




The second features the Dataspeed ADAS development vehicle kit, as demonstrated by its founder and CEO Paul Fleck in a modified Ford Fusion sedan.

On its ADAS Kit page the company states. "Our ADAS Kit is a complete hardware and software solution that allows seamless control of throttle, brake, steering, and shifting. It also allows you to control the sensors and computers while accessing data on vehicle networks."

See more in the video below:



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