We are developing customized solutions for transportation with self-driving cars. Specifically we are creating a fleet of autonomous vehicles. Autonomous buggies that look like golf carts that can navigate roads safely without crashing into obstacles. The way that our driverless golf carts work is essentially based on some laser sensors that are able to sense the surrounding of the vehicle. And we use them for a number of purposes. First thing its clearly for is collision avoidance. So these laser sensors are able to see around the vehicle and can sense if pedestrians, animals, trees are nearby and can avoid collisions with that. They can also recognized what the surroundings of the vehicle look like. And then we use that to recognize where we are on a map that we have prepared beforehand. So what we can do is plan the paths that these vehicles will follow and the vehicles using these sensors will be able to recognize where they are on the map, follow the path, detect obstacles, pedestrians, other vehicles and so on and so forth. And if needed (the vehicle can) deviate from the path to avoid collisions and then get back to the path. “. . . the pace was alright and when there were two guys walking in front, it actually slowed down. . .” Now these cars can be used as private vehicles or they can be used as a shared transportation system. People are already using shared transportation systems. The bike transportation systems that are available in most cities are such examples. The problem with a shared bike system is that people tend to go to the same places. And that means that some of the stations get loaded with bikes while others are depleted. Now imagine if we had robot vehicles, they would be able to drive themselves to where they are supposed to be. For example if you wanted to ride our system you would book a ride, a robot car would come to pick you up and drive you to your destination. After dropping you off the robot car would coordinate with the other cars in the system to figure out who is the next person waiting in line, where is that destination and it would drive itself there.

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Dennis Veasley

19 thoughts on “Self-driving golf carts”

  1. First it was too much to walk, now it's too much to drive the golf cart. Let the clubs swing themselves while you're at it.

  2. This is so impressive. Until you have a foggy day or a bit of dust or rain falling or leaves drifting from the trees in Autumn.
    Want to know how to stop a self-driving LIDAR shipping truck in its tracks for the easiest hijack in the world?
    A BAG OF FLOUR THROWN INTO THE AIR.
    It has the bonus of creating a computer-confusing "imaginary dirt wall" in front of the truck and it blocks the sensors from any new data input. You can kill the sensors with aerosolized paint in a cloud. Ironic how "Cloud Computing" is undone by simple real world clouds of matter (fine dust or liquid).

  3. I hit the fences and sidewalks like you have shown us before and get a lot of clad but haven’t got over a ring yet doing it but still have miles of sidewalks to go on my new park.

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