Ford and MIT will work on on-demand electric shuttles for students.
Ford is partnering with Massachusetts Institute of Technology to work on a unique project. This project is related to the development of an electric shuttle that is specially built on demand for students. This small but cute electric shuttle will use high tech gadgets in order to make the electric shuttle move up to its full potential with all efficiency.
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The project is aiming on technology that will make use of on demand and customized vehicles for any particular facility. This special vehicle is suited for students of a particular campus and have been designed for them as well. This project use multiple gadgets including LIDAR sensors and inexpensive cameras to put the car on the route. It will be used in the data driven models. The project collaboration will also help Ford and MIT to work for vehicles that will be able to move around in crowded places were pedestrians are in abundance.
“The onboard sensors and cameras gather pedestrian data to estimate the flow of foot traffic,” said Ken Washington, vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford. “This helps us develop efficient algorithms that bring together relevant data. It improves mobility-on-demand services, and aids ongoing pedestrian detection and mapping efforts for autonomous vehicle research.”
The research being done in the project holds a lot of importance. The Ford Smart Mobility will look after the connectivity, mobility issues on the project. Along with that this project will be able to get the experience of valuable data of Ford resources on autonomous vehicles, customer experience and data analysis. This project will make sure to add valuable information through new resources for the betterment of autonomous technology as well.
"Through the mobility-on-demand system being developed for MIT's campus, ACL can investigate new planning and prediction algorithms in a complex, but controlled, environment, while simultaneously providing a testbed framework for researchers and a service to the MIT community," said ACL director Professor Jonathan How.
This service is focusing on the future use of hailing cabs which will be autonomous in nature, shuttles that will be able to drive themselves in a crowded place without any accident and point to point shuttle services.
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Both companies have involved their best experts in order to place the project into motion.