‘Bouchard’ mobile home transport: a small step towards self-driving car technology
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A transport company has taken the first step towards making a self-driveable car by building a prototype using cardboard boxes.
The cardboard boxes are designed to take the load off the driver’s feet, reducing the need for the operator to be standing at the wheel.
They can be fitted onto the underside of the trailer or into the body of the vehicle, allowing the driver to drive at speeds up to about 30mph.
The concept is similar to the use of a driverless car on the roads of Australia, although the company’s prototype was a bit larger, and its wheels were made of plastic instead of cardboard.
The company’s director of operations, Andrew Rochford, told the BBC it was not clear if the boxes would work in the real world, but he said the company had the technology to make them in the near future.
The prototype was built at the company in Bouchard, in southern France, and cost around $5,000 (£3,500) to produce.
Mr Rochff said the car had the “lowest friction” of any transport device he had tried, although it would have to cope with a lot more than one foot of road surface at a time.
“I was pretty shocked by the speed and the manoeuvrability,” he said.
It’s a really high speed vehicle, and that’s why you need to make sure that the tyres are inflated, and it has to be as stable as possible.””
It’s really a low friction vehicle, which means it has a very low speed and that means it’s not going to break down.”
It’s a really high speed vehicle, and that’s why you need to make sure that the tyres are inflated, and it has to be as stable as possible.
“Bouchards president Richard Bouchards said the vehicle was still being developed, but it was hoped it could be commercially viable by 2020.
The project was first reported by France’s La Libre Belgique newspaper.
A transport company has taken the first step towards making a self-driveable car by building a prototype using cardboard boxes.The…