Hitachi device delivers its human cargo as passive passengers

03/13/2013 | CNET

A robotic vehicle from Hitachi can navigate across sidewalks and around pedestrians and safely traverse uneven surfaces, taking passengers to their chosen destinations without human input. The Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System, or Ropits, is a one-person vehicle that operates with GPS, gyroscopes and laser distance sensors to handle most environments -- although there's a joystick onboard in case the going gets too complicated.

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