A new TAXI application guided by SATellite
Taxisat is an FP7 Galileo.2011.1.7-1 collaborative Project.
Automatic and driverless vehicles do operate already, making use of anti-collision devices which enable their perfectly safe moving. But currently, most of these systems are guided by railways, fiberglass or magnetic wires.
TAXISAT project aims at developing a robotic driverless GNSS and SLAM based taxi application capable to operate cost effectively, safely and with a high reliability within private circumscribed sites whatever their topographic configurations are.
Let’s imagine an automated driverless vehicle capable to pick you up and to drive you to any destination of your choice in a circumscribed zone of 5 km2 for the cost of a mere standard urban transport ticket.
In our vision as in many prospective analyses conducted in the last 5 years, such personal and yet public transportation systems are considered as being among the best possible solutions to meet the mobility needs of future urban areas.
Indeed, if such automated taxis services were to be operational, reliable and cost effective, they would represent a very good alternative to personal cars. Those latter can be seen as inactive, i.e parked for a large proportion of the day and not very efficient when slowed down by time consuming bottlenecks at the commuting hours!
Alternatively, the implementation of driverless taxi services should lead to drastic reduction of personal cars inside urban areas, which would result in lower pollution levels, less car congestion, the optimisation of parking capabilities and more generally strong societal benefits linked to a better urban quality of life.