Yamaha’s golf cart goes the ex­tra mile

Autocar - - INSIGHT -

The term ‘last-mile mo­bil­ity’ refers to ve­hi­cles that can cover short jour­neys where cars, buses and taxis can’t go – for ex­am­ple, from your car park to your of­fice – and is par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial to the dis­abled or el­derly.

The chal­lenge is mak­ing such an au­ton­o­mous ma­chine af­ford­able. Yamaha’s so­lu­tion is the 06GEN, ca­pa­ble of 12mph and based on a golf cart plat­form. Along­side a 3D Li­dar scan­ner to de­tect ob­jects, a cam­era is mounted on the bot­tom of the ve­hi­cle point­ing to the ground. It matches the pic­tures with stored map­ping data, al­low­ing it to nav­i­gate ac­cu­rately.

WHEN IS IT DUE?

It’s al­ready out test­ing. If it works, it can surely be ap­plied to more than just au­ton­o­mous golf carts.

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