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The future of personal transport... the ROPITS from Hiatchi.

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by robsalvv, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. At an incredible 3.7mph... coming to a city footpath near you??

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    Hiatchi Unveils its Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System

    Posted on March 18, 2013 by The Editor

    Hitachi has unveiled its Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System – a single-person autonomous vehicle meant to travel on side-walks - that can pick up and drop off passengers autonomously.

    The tiny, single-seat Ropits (Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System) is meant to travel on side-walks, or even be used indoors for getting in and out of elevators.

    It’s equipped with GPS to find its way and relies on cameras and 2D and 3D laser distance sensors to avoid obstacles (sometimes also known as pedestrians) and slow down in narrow spaces. Gyro sensors help it stay upright on uneven surfaces.

    Passengers climb into Ropits through a front hatch and specify their destination via a touch-screen tablet interface. Ropits takes it from there. In case of emergencies, riders can control the vehicle with a joystick located in the cockpit.

    Hitachi demonstrated Ropits in the Japanese city of Tsukuba and says it’s aimed at the elderly and those who have difficulty walking. It’s also easy to imagine it taking off as a next-generation Segway for the urban crowd, though there’s no word yet on when you might be dodging the 450-pound device on a sidewalk near you.

    Hitachi says additional trials of Ropits will be held in Tsukuba (considered a high-tech “science city”) to improve the device’s ability to serve as an autonomous transporter of people and goods. The company plans to further detail the technology at the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics in May.

    Powered by a lithium ion battery, the little vehicle can travel at speeds of 3.7 mph and reportedly reach its destination with error margins of up to 3 feet.
  2. Wow... The stuff in sci fi movies is coming true!!! Too bad we will be long gone by the time is all up and running and considered normal
  3. Sure hope apple doesn't supply the mapping software ;P
  4. Well, I'm of the opposite opinion. Glad I won't see too much it. I hope.
  5. I hope that at 2 out of those 3 feet of error margin isn't a large glass panel that could render lasers useless.
  6. motorised shopping trolleys. The shopping experience of the future
  7. 2 ROPITS check
    An assortment of chain saws, Power saws and welding torches, check.
    Gaffer tape, check.
    Case of beer, check.
    Set navigation to each other, check.
  8. Not interested in how we will evolve?. I've always wanted to see how this place will be 50-100 years from now, world wars? Zombies? Non existent? Just so many factors from the way the world is changing now it hurts my brain sometimes lol
  9. Not at all. I have beer in the fridge, more brewing in my fermenter, registered motorcycles, a license and money for petrol, oil & tyres, and own my own house. The rest of the world can go get f#cked. Especially those that are too lazy to even walk down the street,& need a computer to tell them how to get anywhere. But that's just me :)
  10. Great. Another miniature Johnny Cab. :cautious:
  11. As I was growing up, visions of transport of the future involved hypersonic airliners, flying cars, rocket packs and hoverboards. The future arrives, and it's a washing machine that can drive you home.

    Where did it go wrong?
  12. The innovators were replaced by marketing people who couldn't innovate for crap and they're running out of original ideas to re-recycle.
  13. wall-e is coming true
  14. Looks more like a rubbish bin with a chair in it.
  15. I know exactly when and where: it was in the Middle East in 1973 when the Arabs launched a surprise attack on Israel, got their asses kicked anyway and started oil embargo in retaliation. Things have been going downhill ever since: economic downturns giving rise to ever more right wing politics and economics, ever rising prices and ever shrinking dreams.
    This is the result.