Strap-on autonomous vehicle kit

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26 Responses to “Strap-on autonomous vehicle kit”

  1. treq says:

    @ neurolux: I think you just named the golden use case for me. If they could do that, I’m sold.

  2. Gilbert Wham says:

    #20: What would be better would be, if every time it saw a traffic warden approach, it lurched forwards 20 feet or so, then did it again. And again.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen the Pronto4 kit, and it’s a VERY nice step up from all the one-off hackery that is usually involved in autonomizing a vehicle.

    I think that Troy and his company have scored a big win here.

  4. Anonymous says:

    “almost any car”

    Approx. 10% of cars are stick-shift.

    90% != “almost any”

  5. Anonymous says:

    Strap-on K.I.T.T. kit?

  6. Brainspore says:

    You’re going to scare off a lot of potential clientele if you keep referring to it as a “strap-on.”

  7. holtt says:

    That’s pretty cool. Getting beyond the military uses, there is some pretty interesting potential for autonomous vehicles in the future.

    Here’s a link to the company’s website…

    http://www.kairosautonomi.com/

  8. IWood says:

    #1 posted by Brainspore:

    And attract a lot of other potential clients.

  9. Antinous / Moderator says:

    You’re going to scare off a lot of potential clientele if you keep referring to it as a “strap-on.”

    If Sawzall and Dremel can do it, why can’t Nissan and Toyota? It would give new meaning to mpg.

  10. Gilbert Wham says:

    #4: Oh, I dunno. Colour me intrigued…

  11. wgmleslie says:

    Two words for this system: You First.

  12. holtt says:

    Perhaps combining this with teledildonics would allow for cruising for hookers from the comfort of your own home.

  13. gollux says:

    Strap-on, for all those guys that are compensating for something, when Bumper-Nutz and Hitch-Nuts just aren’t enough…

    Though, on a more serious note, this is pretty neat stuff. Have they entered it as a contender in any of those autonomous car races?

  14. nck wntrhltr says:

    Detachable autonomy.

  15. Clay says:

    This fills me with an indescribable sense of wonder, not just for what it is itself, but for the pattern it is part of. It’s the standard progression for any technology:

    1) Unreliable, broken prototypes (early DARPA Grand Challenge)

    2) Mature, reliable prototypes (later DARPA Grand Challenge)

    3) First commercial product (Pronto4)

    4) Increasing diversity of the commercial market, huge strides in functional streamlining, miniaturization, integration

    5) First integrated solutions in other products (pro-grade SUVs and eventually luxury cars with autonomous mode)

    Which ultimately leads us to step 7, where it becomes standard. The sci-fi future of driverless cars, made real.

  16. grimc says:

    @gollux

    Looks like two teams used their system in the DARPA challenge; University of Utah and Team Juggernaut. According to the Team Juggernaut site, Kairosautonomi is their subsidiary.

  17. Brainspore says:

    @Clay:

    I’m still not holding my breath for driverless cars on public roads. After all, they still haven’t perfected driverless trains. A well-designed robot might be capable of handling 99% of driving situations, but that 1% can be a real bitch.

    • Piers W says:

      From my driving, and pedestrian, experience that 1% can be a bit of a problem for us intelligently designed nonrobots too.

  18. Hawley says:

    now there is a strap-on that the entire family can enjoy :)

  19. neurolux says:

    I’d like this for my car to circle the block when I can’t find a parking space and I just need to run into the store for a minute.

  20. Brainspore says:

    OK, one more:

    I had a friend who was crushed by one of those strap-on car kits. Official cause of death was listed as “auto-robotic asphyxiation.”

  21. gollux says:

    @BrainSpore

    ;^) Good ‘un…

  22. Patrick Arcee says:

    I wanna see it hold the wheel and a cup of coffee while texting.

  23. hep cat says:

    This doesn’t look very autonomous to me, more like high end RC toy car than AI killdozer ( think Ted Sturgeon not the band ), er um KITT for you youngsters.

    These fonts hurt my eyes

  24. hep cat says:

    I looked at some of the other material on their website, and, it looks a little more autonomous in their other demos. Not that I would want to drive near it in traffic though.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Don’t get your hopes up. We’ve still got to send these puppies in to kill at least one nation of brown people before anybody gets their own.

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