Now, ‘drone’ inspired robo-car that drives and navigates itselfPublished On: Tue, Oct 11th, 2011 | Transportation Science | By BioNews
David Hasselhoff’s self-driving computerised car called ‘KITT’ in the 1980s TV series ‘Knight Rider’ could be a common feature on roads within 15 years, according to scientists at Oxford University.
They have developed a robot car that drives and navigates itself, which they also believe will be a major antidote to traffic congestion, reports the Daily Mail.
They believe their invention could eventually “eliminate the agony and cost of traffic jams,” because robo-cars constantly monitoring the roads they drive will be able to alert each other to congestion ahead and get around it.
Tired drivers would even be able to hand over to the auto-pilot and have a snooze, they said.
The Oxford intelligent vehicle called “Wildcat” and built with the help of hi-tech contractor BAe Systems interprets its own surroundings and makes decisions about where to go.
It has its own laser and camera ‘eyes’ to read the road, and a massive computer brain to process the information, make decisions and adapt to changing circumstances, speeds and surroundings.
The scientists behind it say it is far superior to conventional satellite navigation because it is much more precise – within a fraction of an inch or so compared to a few yards with sat-nav – is fully autonomous and does not need a satellite reference to know where it is, and can respond independently to other vehicles and obstructions.