New Self-driving Tricycle Developed

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Engineers developed a new self-driving tricycle, according to a new article published on March 20, 2018. 

A team at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB) developed a small autonomous vehicle, as an inexpensive alternative to an autonomous car. They further intend to start an automated ride-sharing network similar to that of Ubers, with the only difference being that of a bike service.

Tyler Folsom, led the development of attempting to integrate an autonomous system into tricycle frames. The vehicle’s prototype was displayed in August 2017, when it was remotely controlled, demonstrating the vehicle’s ability to stop, start, and turn to reach a destination.

“I’m trying to shift the talk about self-driving cars to self-driving bicycles and making sure bicycles are part of the automation equation,” says Folsom.

They intend to offer a much lighter and environmentally friendly means of transportation than self-driving cars. The tricycle costs US$ 10,000, and this would be a cheaper option than family cars or public transport. The team is further expecting to lower down the price of the vehicle, by maximizing the efficiency of the electronics.

“We’re using things much less powerful than a smartphone. Part of the concept is that you don’t have to spend as much money as the big car companies are spending. My contention is you don’t need all that much processing power to make autonomy happen.” said Folsom.

“The big thing for me is the effect this could have on global warming. If we can push transportation in this direction – very light vehicles – it’s a major win for the environment. I want to have the technology that lets people make that choice if we decide, yes, by the way, survival would be a nice thing,” he concluded.

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