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If not for Google’s driverless research this would be another slip for the US

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I posted about the start of this when it began:

Driverless vans end 8,000-mile test drive to China

SHANGHAI (AP) — Across Eastern Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Gobi Desert — it certainly was a long way to go without getting lost.

Four driverless electric vans successfully ended a 8,000-mile (13,000-kilometer) test drive from Italy to China — a modern-day version of Marco Polo’s journey around the world — with their arrival at the Shanghai Expo on Thursday.

The vehicles, equipped with four solar-powered laser scanners and seven video cameras that work together to detect and avoid obstacles, are part of an experiment aimed at improving road safety and advancing automotive technology.

The sensors on the vehicles enabled them to navigate through wide extremes in road, traffic and weather conditions, while collecting data to be analyzed for further research, in a study sponsored by the European Research Council.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/10/28 at 11:19

A robot will drive from Parma to Shanghai

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It surprises me that an Italian R&D facility is leading this novel live experiment. And of course any project that has its home base in Italy offers great images:

And here is the text post that accompanies the image:

VIAC in Reggio Emilia

21 July 2010, 7:24 pm

July 21, Mr. Graziano Delrio, Reggio Emilia’s Mayor, greets VisLab’s Intercontinental Challenge offering the crew an Italian flag, emblem of this city where it was originally created in 1797. The flag – known as “Tricolore” – will attend the trip all the way to Shanghai where it will be given to Milan’s Mayor Mrs. Letizia Moratti as a handover to 2015 Expo’s hosting city.

It seems that Americans are not any part of this advanced application of robotics and solar power. Hold the hankie Tom Friedman!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/07/28 at 14:03