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Friday, October 08, 2010

Reports from VIAC Challenge from Parma to Shanghai


VisLab Intercontinental Autonomous Challenge (VIAC) is the challenge organized by VisLab for autonomous vehicles. It is scheduled from July 20, 2010 to October 28, 2010, involving two driverless vehicles driving with minimum human intervention on a 13,000 km trip from Parma, Italy to Shanghai, China

The vehicles travel at a maximum 50 or 60 kilometers an hour (30 or 37 miles an hour), and must be recharged for a full eight hours after every two to three hours of driving.
They are now between Kazakhstan and China waiting to enter China. 

It’s the first time in history that vehicles with no driver and without using oil-based propulsion travel on an intercontinental route. If everything will go as planned, this will be a huge milestone in the history of mobility and robotics.

The project has been funded with a euro1.8 million ($2.3 million) grant from the European Commission's European Research Council, and Vislab has technical sponsors including Piaggio, which has provided the Piaggio Porter vans.
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