...autonomously! "Do not speak to the driver!" – it’s a safety instruction we’re all familiar with, but one visitors to CeBIT 2017 needn’t worry about on board the Swiss Post shuttle buses from entrance West 1.
Certain aspects of technology have really captured our imaginations, like the prospect that we could soon be handing over control of our vehicles to a collection of sensors, actuators and chips.
If you’d like to know what it feels like to delegate both the fun and frustrating aspects of driving to a machine, then CeBIT 2017 in Hannover offers a rare opportunity to experience just that first hand. Two of the autonomous shuttle buses that Swiss Post is currently testing on public roads as part of a pilot project are chauffeuring up to eleven trade show visitors each from the West 1 entrance, through Hall 13, to Hall 12.
These autonomous vehicles can reach speeds of up to 20 kilometers per hour and feature numerous cameras and sensors that help them identify both moving and stationary obstacles on the specified route and take any necessary action.
They will even come to a complete stop in a fully automatic process, if need be. Passengers are reassured by two manually operated emergency stop buttons, not to mention a fully trained member of the SmartShuttle project, who is on board at all times, helps passengers on and off and can also take control of the vehicle at any point.