Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University introduces Navia, the driverless electric shuttle bus
Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has recently come up with a fantastic way to promote green mass transit. The University has been tirelessly working on narrowing down a system that can ferry passengers around, encouraging them to leave their cars at home, without harming the environment. The result is this driverless shuttle bus called the Navia. Developed by France’s Induct Technology, the electric 8-passenger vehicle will travel the 2 kilometer route to JTC Corporation’s CleanTech Park.
To commute using the Navia bus, passengers need to step aboard at designated stops, select their destination stop on a touch-screen display of the route and then sit back and relax as the bus takes public roads to reach the selected destination. The Navia bus is 100% electric and uses four LIght Detection and Ranging units, stereoscopic optical cameras and lots more technology to enable it to function the way it does. And the best part of it all is the fact that the Navia automatically heads to a charging station when it completes its route or when it runs out of charge.
[Via – Gizmag]