Cruising along at a maximum speed of just above 12 miles per hour, the Navia is an all-electric vehicle that runs independently.
Developed by Induct Technology, the French company decided to bring the vehicle to the U.S. The future forward transportation made a debut at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Nevada.
It features an open design and sort of resembles a vamped up, larger scale version of a golf cart.
The robotic traveler is made to navigate and has lasers and sensors that scan and distinguish surrounding objects.
It can measure distance and supposedly can detect passengers wanting to board and will make a stop and pick them up. Passengers can signal for a ride using their smartphones and once on, they can select different stops from the onboard touchscreen. It can hold up to 8 people at a time.
It has a battery operated power pack that charges back up at a docking station. There are no tracks or rails necessary for the shuttle, and no extra site constructions are needed. It also does not produce noise, offering a quite form of getting around in busy areas.
See the electric vehicle up close:
Operational costs are still a factor, and though this form of transportation may save enterprises money in the long run, each Navia shuttle bus will set buyers back $250,000.
Also up for examination are safety concerns of course, and this is closely observed as the units are currently being fully tested in up and running communities. Induct has set the buses in motion through several pilot programs in Switzerland, Singapore and the UK. The vehicles are commuting riders on university grounds and other areas that are heavily packed with pedestrians.
Public transportation that doesn’t require gasoline or expensive building ventures is a smart idea, but will the reassurance of having a visible, trusted navigator be missed?
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