The Breakthrough

An experiment which was conducted in the span of six days at a public garden in Singapore to test how self-driving golf carts can ferry 500 tourists around winding paths has been made by members of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. Daniela Rus, a professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science says “We would like to use robot cars to make transportation available to everyone.”

During the experiments, they have also tested their online booking system which allows visitors to schedule their own pickup and drop-off trips in 10 specific
stations all over the garden.

The Implications

The primary difference that SMART’s autonomous vehicles have over other experiments and attempts is that they are taking a minimalist solution to the problem with self-driving cars. Rus stated that their vehicles have the necessary instruments needed to operate, but they’re not as heavy as those DARPA vehicles or even the Google car.


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