Builders of stand-alone vehicles show us the possibilities of these vehicles during a long journey. This time the functionality of cars controlled by computer was presented by German scientists from AutoNOMOS project, whose car has recently traveled throughout Mexico.
AutoNOMOS is a joint project implemented by German scientists from Freie Universität and engineers from the University of Nevada in Reno. The vehicle has been approved for use in Berlin as early as in 2011 and since then has ridden mostly in the streets of this city.
Recently, however, the designers decided to check it on other routes, so they conducted several tests in Switzerland and recently also traveled to the United States and Mexico. There were over 6000 km in total, which allowed us to collect a lot of valuable data, allowing us to create more detailed maps for the navigation system used by the vehicle.
It also managed to cross Mexico all over 2,400 km alone in autonomous mode. Of course, there was a driver in the vehicle, but only to take control of the vehicle if needed. Test participants say that it went through without problems and the car smoothly passed other vehicles at 130 km / h. The vehicle also informed its passengers of the impending roadblocks in the form of traffic jams and road works.
AutoNOMOS is based on the VW Passat combo model and features seven laser scanners, nine video cameras, as well as front, rear and side radar as well as GPS. All these systems are used to collect data about the surroundings of the car, monitor the position of nearby vehicles and pedestrians, as well as traffic signals. All of this data then flows to the computer that uses it to drive.