A self-driving shuttle at the service of urban mobility
Navia is an innovative mobility solution: a robotic driverless electric vehicle carrying up to eight passengers.
Navia is the ideal companion for those environments that need a simple, safe and environment-friendly mobility solution: pedestrianized city centers, large industrial sites, airports, theme parks, university campuses or hospital complexes. Navia can navigate independently because it knows where it is, using onboard technologies that let it locate itself within its surroundings, map out a route, detect obstacles and move around combining all these data. When Navia is first commissioned at a given site it’s given an introductory trip on which it logs the route or routes it is to use: this first drive serves to establish an accurate map of the site. on every trip after that, Navia compares its current travel with that map, in real time; this makes it independent and lets it adapt to its surroundings with ease.
Navia uses two different technologies for location:
GPS technologies and sensors that detect the vehicle’s acceleration (accelerometers) and its rotation (gyroscopes) around all three axes (to and fro, side to side, up and down), enabling it to instantly calculate its position, route and distance traveled since the last known position.
Four laser-based LIDAR units (LIght Detection And Ranging) with a 200yd range sweep the area ahead and provide a precise reading of the space around it, accurate to one centimeter. from these data the system generates a map of the immediate surroundings which it uses to steer the vehicle’s course. obstacles are detected by combining the LIDAr information with a system of optical cameras that give stereo vision in the same way as a person’s two eyes.
The slight difference in the two cameras’ viewpoints allows depth mapping and 3D perception of the scene under observation. This technology has been developed entirely by Induct, and is known as “SLAM MOT” (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping & Multi Object Tracking). Navia analyses all this information – location, route, and obstacles – in real time, enabling it to carry its passengers in complete safety and take them where they want to go without fuss.