Oxford University has launched a new autonomous car system.The car is build on a different concept from that owned by Google for its self-driving vehicles. RobotCar UK are based on 3D laser scanners and cameras that are mounted in front of the vehicle to compare the environment to stored map data.After compiling the data it will send the signal to the driver via software running on a iPad mounted on a dashboard that weather it is confident enough to take on the wheels or not. Currently the system has passed its tests on a modified Nissan Leaf and has already been tested at up to 40 mph.
Professor Paul Newman said that it is not total autonomy for the car, speaking to the Guardian. The new software knows when things are good and not risky so that it can offer to take over. RobotCar UK unlike Google’s system doesn’t depends on GPS, and is mainly based on to environments it already knows. Robotcar U could work well for commuters,who drive the same route each day. Newman said that Our cities do not change very much so robotic vehicles compiles the data of familiar structures and say that they know this route and want to take the drive.
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RobotCar UK adds many advantages over Google’s approach. RobotCar Uk is currently offering the technology for around £5,000 or $7,760 but belives to bring the cost down to £100 or $155 in the future. Moreover as the system is technically less ambitious so it could face much less obstacles on its way to regulatory approval.