Israel’s Bar-Ilan University says that its new research is putting it in the chase along with Google to develop driverless cars. It has done so by using the same tech behind soccer playing robots.
Through a new partnership between the Bar-Ilan University Research and Development Company (BIRAD) in Israel and Electric Vehicle Evolution (EVE) Inc., a US-based developer of next generation electric vehicles, robotics technology developed in Prof. Eli Kolberg’s lab at the Bar-Ilan University School of Engineering is being used for fully automated vehicles.
Kolberg explains that the team soccer cooperation common among the robots, with regards to which robot will go for the ball and kick it, which one will block an opponent, which one will wait for its teammate to pass the ball to it and which tactics to choose according to the play state, will be adapted in order to enable cars to pass each other safely and within a reasonable time interval. So, too, with vehicles which identify traffic signs and act accordingly, obey traffic rules while performing turns, drive in roundabouts and so forth.
EVE vehicles will be equipped with the same technology that guides the soccer robots, but will assist drivers in keeping their distance from cars in front of and behind them, provide drivers with important information in advance and, the company says, will reduce traffic accidents with collision avoidance.
This is known as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS.
Integrated with the dashboard and the info-tainment screen, EVE uses a new user-friendly interface. EVE’s device will provide drivers with real-time information about the health and functioning of every aspect of their cars. Component warnings and failures, together with additional maintenance recommendations, are brought to the driver’s attention.
Battery Management System (BMS) recommendations, including resource availability that will enable maximum integration of battery charging with the driver’s personal linked schedule will also be incorporated, and will be integrated with real-time traffic reports and other relevant information.
Next down the road for EVE is the development of inexpensive, autonomous interaction between vehicles for safe, efficient and effective driving, a project upon which the company has already embarked using Kolberg’s technology, which it has named Autonomous Numerous Tactical Systems (ANTS). “Just like you see ants working together along the floor as a team, such will be the case among automobiles in our autonomous future. EVE believes that connected vehicles V2V is the future of transportation, ” says Adam Tannenbaum, Founder and CEO of EVE.