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Monday, October 18, 2010

Pick up an autonomous taxi cab in Berlin with iPad


Researchers of the Freie Universität Berlin have developed a modular system for the operation of autonomous or semi-autonomous cars that is tested with the new car MadeInGermany, a modified Volkswagen Passat Variant 3c. Latest LIDAR/ RADAR sensor technology, as well as cameras, help to overview its surrounding area (see sketch below for details). A special GPS system gives precise information about the position. The car is also equipped with Drive-by-Wire technology, meaning that engine, brakes, steering and other actuating elements can be accessed directly via the CAN-BUS. The car's intelligence is based on software, which is implemented on computing systems located in the trunk compartment. Most of the required electromechanical modifications and integration of the sensors were performed by the Volkswagen Research Garage. The  "Operating System for intelligent cars" is one of the key research topics of the Artificial Intelligence Group at the Freie Universität Berlin. The Innovation Lab AutoNOMOS is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research in the framework of the German High-Tech Strategy.


The latest autonomous driving solution is calling an autonomous taxi via iPad. The autonomous car is capable of picking up a passenger at a random location. Check out the video for more information. 



(Image/Video: FU Berlin)

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