Looks at the beginnings little glamorous of the conduction region in this Chevrolet Van

Chevrolet Conduccion Autonoma 1986

Lately there is much talk of autonomous cars , and everything points to that will be the future of the automotive industry. Like many other technological advances, is not something recent, and that the engineers have started to develop now.

Like the internet, popular in Europe in the year 90 (if we disregard curious French Minitel in the 80's), it is an invention that dates back to the years 60, the autonomous car was not born yesterday. In fact, in the early 80s, the autonomous car was already in a relatively advanced phase of development.

In 1983, the Carnegie Mellon university (Pennsylvania) made a small off-road vehicle, baptized Terregator (Terrestrial Navigator). He used a combination of laser, sonar, gyroscope and video cameras (it adds a Lidar and/or radar, and is how they move now) to move around an environment without roads. Okay, I wasn't fast, but he thinks that in 1983 appeared the first home computer with gui (Apple's Lisa) and the RAM memory of a home computer had a whopping 64 kb.

Then, in 1986, Carnegie Mellon built the NavLab1, on the basis of a van Chevrolet. Was part of a series of 11 vehicles, research on autonomous vehicles. This Chevrolet could hit the road and move by itself up to a speed of 20 mph (32 km/h). As it was a van, the research team could get aboard.

As well, as he does not want the thing, one of the first autonomous vehicles was a van Chevrolet. Okay, you do not have the same glamour that a Tesla or a Mercedes E-Class, for example, but something had to start over.

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