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Friday, 28 September 2007

Continuing on the theme of laser scanning range finders, I spotted an article about an autonomous taxi called the Cybercar, in the BBC news this week. The prototype Cybercar uses what appears to be a SICK LMS series laser scanner on the front to avoid obstacles.

This is a UK trial in Daventry as part of the European Commission research group CityMobil, and similar events are taking place throughout Europe. You can see the Cybercar in action by following the video link at the top right of the linked article, there are also a few videos up on YouTube of the Cybercar in action at other locations.

Of course this is a significant use of autonomous robotic navigation technology which is similar to that used in the DARPA Grand Challenge. It's good to know that this sort of research eventually goes to help the everyday public.

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