Japanese Robot Car Drives Itself, Seats One

Japanese Robot Car Drives Itself, Seats One

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Hitachi's Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System (Ropits) will be able to be called from several computer networked "stops" around Tsukuba city.

The "designated driver" may become a thing of the past with Hitachi's new robot car that uses GPS and laser sensors to drive itself. The Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System (or Roptis for short) will make its debut as a new form of public transport for the city of Tsukuba, Ibarakai Prefecture in Japan. The single occupancy robot can pick up and drop off passengers autonomously, and comes with a joystick to let riders take control in an emergency.

The Roptis was originally designed to help those who have difficulty walking, specifically the elderly, who are becoming more and more abundant in Japan due to its rapidly aging population. As such, it is small enough to maneuver through pedestrian spaces such as sidewalks and parks.

Several computer networked "stops" will be placed around Tsukuba city, where passengers can call for a Roptis to come and pick them up. Passengers need only enter their desired address into the car's touch screen GPS, and it will automatically drive them there. The Roptis comes equipped with 'active suspension' which controls each wheel individually to enable it to drive over curbs and uneven ground while keeping passengers comfortably upright. Laser distance sensors help keep it from crashing into obstacles.

The vehicle could become the late-night transport option for Japan's "salarymen," - businessmen who are often pressured into working very late nights and attending "not technically compulsory but everyone will look down on you if you don't go" after-work drinking parties.

Source & Images: Daily Mail

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I want one.

But then again... the ice where I live would make this thing a death trap in the winter...

If it is supposedly safe, why is he wearing a helmet?

Didn't you know? Everyone in japan wears helmets all the time. It protects them from the falling debris that result from all the atomic monster fights that happen over there.

Abomination:
If it is supposedly safe, why is he wearing a helmet?

Probably laws if its classified as a scooter type vehicle.

RicoADF:

Abomination:
If it is supposedly safe, why is he wearing a helmet?

Probably laws if its classified as a scooter type vehicle.

That doesn't sound very plausible.

Sidney Buit:
Didn't you know? Everyone in japan wears helmets all the time. It protects them from the falling debris that result from all the atomic monster fights that happen over there.

That, however, makes far more sense.

Yes, it's cool that it can drive itself. Yes, it's cool that it has all of these modern innovations packed within such a small package. But why, when I look at it, do I immediately think of this:

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It is good to be reminded that whilst there are some things so very, very wrong about Japan there are also some things very, very right about Japan.

This sounds like an actual awesome and cool invention. But as mentioned above, the design could be a lot better.

So it's basically a google car for the space-impaired? Or is it more of a taxi service?

kailus13:
So it's basically a google car for the space-impaired? Or is it more of a taxi service?

It would appear to be a taxi service that is automated

It looks like this car made for children.

Desert Punk:

kailus13:
So it's basically a google car for the space-impaired? Or is it more of a taxi service?

It would appear to be a taxi service that is automated

I'd like an actual taxi, so I can ask said taxi driver to "FOLLOW THAT CAR!" and "Take me away from here." You know, because life is a movie. A shitty romantic comedy where I don't get any ladies.

the darknees abyss:
It looks like this car made for children.

I first read that as "It looks like this car made of children." - which swings it right back round from 'awesome things Japan has done' to 'creepy things Japan has done'.

Semi-related note (more related to previous posters' comments).. quoth my level 2 Japanese teacher years ago in response to my question: "In Japan, whenever we launch a giant robot we shout "Hasshin!"". This same lady taught us the phrase "The penguin is on Chikako's head." Wonderful lady.

Evil Smurf:

Desert Punk:

kailus13:
So it's basically a google car for the space-impaired? Or is it more of a taxi service?

It would appear to be a taxi service that is automated

I'd like an actual taxi, so I can ask said taxi driver to "FOLLOW THAT CAR!" and "Take me away from here." You know, because life is a movie.

I dunno, seeing one of these things chasing a real car down the highway while the person in the robo taxi is in a shoot out with the real car...

I think that would make for a bit of awesome! Especially if the robo taxi has the voice of Kit from Night Rider

Desert Punk:

Evil Smurf:

Desert Punk:

It would appear to be a taxi service that is automated

I'd like an actual taxi, so I can ask said taxi driver to "FOLLOW THAT CAR!" and "Take me away from here." You know, because life is a movie.

I dunno, seeing one of these things chasing a real car down the highway while the person in the robo taxi is in a shoot out with the real car...

I think that would make for a bit of awesome! Especially if the robo taxi has the voice of Kit from Night Rider

Could the voice be programmable? I'd like Arnold Schwarzenegger's.

Evil Smurf:
It's what you think it's for. You dirty bastards.

Back massages?

Does this car talk to you, or is it entirely silent? I struggle to think which would be weirder when drunk.

kailus13:

Evil Smurf:
It's what you think it's for. You dirty bastards.

Back massages?

Does this car talk to you, or is it entirely silent? I struggle to think which would be weirder when drunk.

lt's only a back massager if you're a prude.

It be an odd drunk experience anyway.

Evil Smurf:

kailus13:

Evil Smurf:
It's what you think it's for. You dirty bastards.

Back massages?

Does this car talk to you, or is it entirely silent? I struggle to think which would be weirder when drunk.

lt's only a back massager if you're a prude.

It be an odd drunk experience anyway.

Imagine if it had the voice of a nagging housewife. "You're drunk aren't you? I can't help it they made me. That's what you always say."

I like seeing new technologies developed. But not when it makes people lazy. Instead of trying to make cars that drive on their own why don't more people try to do what the good people of Amsterdam and Copenhagen are doing and ride a bicycle? It's healthy, it feels good and it's environment friendly. About 40% of people living in Amsterdam ride their bikes on a daily basis. Cycling culture in Japan used to be strong. But they're becoming more and more like the US.

So does this mean asians...Can drive now?

kailus13:

Evil Smurf:

kailus13:

Back massages?

Does this car talk to you, or is it entirely silent? I struggle to think which would be weirder when drunk.

lt's only a back massager if you're a prude.

It be an odd drunk experience anyway.

Imagine if it had the voice of a nagging housewife. "You're drunk aren't you? I can't help it they made me. That's what you always say."

it could have a built in breathalyzer!

Evil Smurf:

kailus13:

Evil Smurf:
lt's only a back massager if you're a prude.

It be an odd drunk experience anyway.

Imagine if it had the voice of a nagging housewife. "You're drunk aren't you? I can't help it they made me. That's what you always say."

it could have a built in breathalyzer!

It won't start until your fall down drunk. "You're not drunk, get out of my cab."

kailus13:

Evil Smurf:

kailus13:

Imagine if it had the voice of a nagging housewife. "You're drunk aren't you? I can't help it they made me. That's what you always say."

it could have a built in breathalyzer!

It won't start until your fall down drunk. "You're not drunk, get out of my cab."

I need this for Monday nights at uni. I go with friends to the campus bar. Before my last class.

i don't see the point in a car that drives itself when you could,i don't no drive it yourself.
i mean it doesn't exactly look very hard to drive,what's its top speed about 30mph.
now this is a car that drives itself and is actually use-full

meet the terramax

autonomous military machine

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[youtube=]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1pl_Pont_Zk[/youtube]

kailus13:

Evil Smurf:

kailus13:

Imagine if it had the voice of a nagging housewife. "You're drunk aren't you? I can't help it they made me. That's what you always say."

it could have a built in breathalyzer!

It won't start until your fall down drunk. "You're not drunk, get out of my cab."

A robot car powered by alcohol?
Don't drive it after midnight!
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Adam Jensen:
I like seeing new technologies developed. But not when it makes people lazy. Instead of trying to make cars that drive on their own why don't more people try to do what the good people of Amsterdam and Copenhagen are doing and ride a bicycle? It's healthy, it feels good and it's environment friendly. About 40% of people living in Amsterdam ride their bikes on a daily basis. Cycling culture in Japan used to be strong. But they're becoming more and more like the US.

go home, your drunk.
lazy people are progress of humanity.
it was thanks to lazy people that we have such things as pens, washing machines, chairs, cars and even your own bycycles.
also this.

My dad does a lot of work on Mercedes electronics and I've had conversations with him about this plenty of times. The technology has been around for a while, the problem is infrastructure and to a smaller degree reliability. The redundancy levels would have to be seriously well designed for self driving cars to be adopted and most people would NOT want to be early adopters.

I'm pretty sure there's some R&D guys in the major car manufacturers working on stuff like this on a massive scale, it's almost certainly the future.

 

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