England test auto-pilot pods designed for safety, if not for the eye.
TWO transport experiments on opposite ends of the globe may yet change the way trucks are loaded and taxis are hailed in future.
In Korea, the Hyundai Motor Group has released photos of an exoskeleton which the company says on its blog was inspired by Iron Man. The suit, which is still in its pre-production form, can reportedly lift objects weighing over 60 kg with no stress to your legs, arms or back.
The latest exoskeleton follows the H-LEX, a miniature exoskeleton focused on keeping frail, elderly and disabled people as mobile as possible that Hyundai released last year. The H-LEX weighs 12 kg and is powered by a battery in a small backpack.
In Greenwich, London, members of the public can now register to take part in the UK’s first public trials of driverless vehicles.
The trials form part of the Greenwich Automated Transport Environment project — an £8 million research project to investigate the use, perception and acceptance of autonomous vehicles in the UK.
Members of the public can now register for their chance to rate the driverless rides.
Professor Nick Reed, director at TRL and technical lead of the project, said the move to automated vehicles is probably the most significant change in transport since the transition from horse-drawn carriages to motorised vehicles.
“Testing these vehicles in a living environment, like the UK Smart Mobility Living Lab, takes the concept from fiction to reality. It gives the public a chance to experience what it’s like to ride in an automated vehicle and to make their own mind up as to how much they like it, trust it and could accept it as a service in the city.”
Step right in: The driverless pods being tested on auto-pilot in Greenwich, London