Autonomous vehicle drive across MexicoBy Valeria Bigurra Peñavera
AutoNOMOS, the autonomous vehicle that doesn’t need a driver to travel, will drive more than 200 thousand kilometers across Mexico’s roads, in order to get from Nogales, Sonora, to Mazatlan, Sinaloa.
The project emerged at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. A large group of scientists and technologists from different nations worked on this project, under the direction of Mexican engineer Raul Rojas.
The vehicle has traveled 6000 kilometers on American roads, and now it will travel on Mexican highways, which according to Rojas, will be a great challenge, as the roads of Mexico are not in the same state as the roads of Europe or the United States.
Quoted in an article by CONACYT, the engineer said "The tour of the state of Sonora was a new experience and a challenge. The state of the roads is not the same in Mexico than in Europe, for example the boundary lines of the lanes sometimes do not exist in Mexican roads. Meaning the vehicle must be set up in the best possible way, using all data provided by the video cameras".
Its creators hope that in 2020 this type of autonomous vehicles will be already on the market for exclusive use on roads.
AutoNOMOS has laser sensors, radars and nine video cameras that allow it to detect other cars, pedestrians, stops, traffic lights and toll booths, similarly, using a GPS tracking system, the vehicle knows its location on the road.
Raul Rojas, also stressed that AutoNOMOS it´s hoped to go beyond just navigate on highways, expecting that it can also be used in some cities, with all the complexity and road traffic complications that implies.
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