Freire University in Germany, has taken the concept of Google’s self-driving car a step further by making the car controllable from an iPad. Google‘s autonomous project vehicles have completed over 140,000 miles with only the minimum of human interference, with over 1000 miles completely automated.
But as ever, as soon as someone comes up with a new idea that makes us go wow, someone else is already working on an improvement. AutoNOMOS Labs have built on the self-drive project and introduced an iPad app that provides information to the car.
The car (in this case a heavily modified VW Passat) uses a variety of sensors, GPS, radar and scanners to coordinate the positioning of the car. Mashable reported on a video of the very first autonomous taxi ride in Germany which is using iPad control.
While the concept of self-driving cars has been on the drawing boards for some years now the introduction of a system involving Apple’s iPad is new. I’m not sure what the fascination is about automated transport, or even where it will fit into our lives. Give us your thoughts on human-less travel, will you feel safe haling a cab only to find there is no one at the wheel? To read more on this check out Mashable.
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