Diginfo is developing a car robotics platform combining robots and cars. It’s thought that the next generation of vehicles that have intelligent capabilities will have several things in common with self-propelled robots.
Robocar is 1/10 scale platform constructed for research in this new field of car robotics.
Kazuhiro Ishikawa in the Technology Development Department of ZMP said “This system enables the same sort of tests as an actual car, but on a smaller scale. Robocar has a variety of sensors. For example, it has a CCD camera so that it can do stereo distance calculations, and a laser rangefinder can be easily attached. It also has an encoder sensor, as well as gyro sensors and acceleration sensors.”
Robocar can be used for research on self-propeltion algorithms for cars.