Yamaha’s golf cart goes the extra mile
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.