I can see a future where autonomous vehicles don’t need humans to drive them, but instead they can be programmed to follow human drivers and drive themselves.
That’s the idea of lodger (a.k.a. lochsa) a company based in Australia and the Netherlands that has been working to build autonomous vehicles for at least two decades.
Lochsa’s self-learning system is called the Lodger.
Its a modular system that includes software that can detect obstacles, guide a vehicle around obstacles, and detect where it needs to turn to steer, according to a blog post.
“Lochsa makes it possible to build vehicles that are more than just cars, but that are smarter than their human drivers,” Lodger CEO Adam Riedel wrote.
“It’s an ambitious vision that is also about to be realized.”
The company’s vision is to build self-navigating vehicles that can navigate the roads and highways of a city or town, according the blog post, “that use artificial intelligence, sensor fusion, and intelligent navigation to do the most dangerous things the human mind can do.”
A typical car has four wheels, a steering wheel, and a steering pump.
Lodger’s autonomous vehicle could be driven on a path that’s only partially paved or in a city with traffic congestion.
The company plans to introduce a self-parking system that could be activated if it detects an obstacle or an obstacle-avoidance sensor.
The car could also drive autonomously on sidewalks and other public spaces.
Loder is already building cars that can drive on sidewalks.
But it has a number of roadblocks.
The road to building a self, fully autonomous car takes at least six months to build.
There’s a high cost to self-drive cars, especially as they need a large amount of batteries.
In the case of Lodger, it will be a $3.2 million project.
The startup will have to sell its self-powered vehicles to other car companies.
And there’s a price tag on the self-propelled vehicles.
“The cost of building a full autonomous car could run into the tens of millions of dollars,” Rieden wrote.
If Lodger succeeds, it’ll become a powerful competitor to Tesla and Google’s self driving cars.
Lodging, which is based in the Netherlands, is a member of the Lodging Group, a startup consortium that also includes the Dutch car manufacturer, Daimler.
The Lodging group is led by Peter Lodges, who started the company in 2000.
Lodgers’ product, called the B-mode autonomous vehicle, was developed under a grant from the Dutch Ministry of Transport and has been approved by the European Commission.
The project was funded by the Dutch National Research Council.
Loders also received a grant for the design of its first autonomous car, the Lodgers.
A second autonomous vehicle was built by Lodgers and its partner companies.
The two cars are currently under construction, and they will be ready for testing in 2020, according a blogpost by the company.
Lodges says it is working with the German and U.K. governments to establish self-test sites for autonomous cars.
The self-racing cars are capable of driving at speeds of up to 200 mph, according Riedes blog post for Lodgers, which has a goal of developing self-sustaining self-driven vehicles.
The B-Mode autonomous vehicle is designed to be driven by a person in the vehicle.
“B-mode is a very smart system that has a lot of features, and is very flexible,” Riesen wrote, “but we have a lot to learn and are also focused on learning how to develop the next generation self-seeding systems.”
The self driving car will likely have to be programmed using human drivers, he wrote.
It will also have to navigate the streets and highways.
The cars will be able to follow a human driver on the road and in traffic, Riedens blog post said.
“We will also work with local and national governments to help create new technologies that will help us navigate the country,” Rios wrote.
The first B-Modes will be tested on public roads in the U.S. and Europe, and the cars will likely be on public streets by 2021.
The new self-flying cars are expected to be fully autonomous by 2021, according Lodgers plans.
Riesens blog also said that Lodgers is developing a self driving test car.
“This will be one of the largest and most complex vehicles ever built,” Rides wrote.
Lodes has plans to launch two more autonomous vehicles, one of which will be capable of autonomous driving on highways.
Lodgers website shows that it is planning to have two self-guided vehicles on the roads by 2021 as well.