The All Japan newsese tech conglomerate Hitachi unveiled on Tuesday a small one-man electric car that can drive itself. The car takes the passengers from one place and leaves them to another without them having to do a thing.
The one-man car, called Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System (Ropits), was unveiled in the city of Tsukuba in the Ibaraki Prefecture.
The vehicle is designed for sidewalks and can be programmed with a map-loaded tablet PC to set the course and time to transport senior citizens or other people with difficulty moving around, according to Kyodo news agency.
The vehicle is equipped with GPS to allow it to find its way, as well as laser distance sensors to look out for obstacles and a gyro sensor to help it stay upright while negotiating uneven ground, the international press reports.
The car’s ‘active suspension’ controls each wheel individually and allows the vehicle to tackle curbs and uneven ground, keeping the passenger’s comfort at the same time.
The passenger can choose the destination by using a touch-screen map and the vehicle will automatically head towards it. In case of emergency, the passenger can take control of the car by using a joystick controller in the cockpit.