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Mobility WITHOUT Cars—Michael Lin

Mobility WITHOUT Cars—Michael Lin

So, auto-centric development and private car
ownership is unsustainable for our future city. It is crucial that we find alternative solutions. This is congestion in China. And in traffic congestion, a last mile problem,
currently there are two trends that’s fighting with this problem: ride sharing which is on
demand, convenient, and bike sharing which is flexible and affordable. What we’re doing at MIT is bringing together
the best of both system when we present the persuasive electric vehicle. This is the first time we’re showing this
video. PEV is a lightweight, autonomous vehicle that’s
designed for share use. It deliver package and also transport people. So the user experience of using PEV, you can
use your app and drop a ping on the map, and PEV will arrive shortly. When the passenger is on the PEV, PEV work
as a electric tricycle. It’s very normal and intuitive that you can
ride. But, on the other hand, when you’re riding
PEV on the park, met your friends, you can actually get off the vehicle and switch to
E-donkey mode where the PV will follow you and carry your grocery where you can have
conversation with your friend. PEV it has a sophisticated human machine interface,
where the researchers at MIT could explore not only the self driving technology, but
also the social interface and how these low speed robots can work in the low speed environment. Such as giving the eye and we’re hoping that
in the future we can see this vehicle, we can use these vehicles on your campus or in
the closed environment and transporting you from point A to point B. This is a bit longer but it’s going be coming
up. So this is academia and research collaboration
between MIT, Tensile, and also Type Attack. With the support from the Type Attack and
the students, we work very closely bring this vehicle to life. But before I talked about the next journey
of the PEV research, I would like to recap a couple of important prototypes in the past. So in 2016 CS we actually, we demonstrate
this concept vehicle. The idea is that the future self driving car
could be friendly and you could be lightweight. Logically then we designed more of a bank
like vehicle that was legal in bike lanes. Can we turn off the music? Thank you. And then, so this is the engineering prototype. After a few months working, we launched this
engineering prototype. This prototype allows the users to quickly
hack and experiment different ideas. Next slide please. All right. And then this is a living lab experiment that
we like to run in Taipei. This experiment, putting our research in the
real world, allowed the researcher to understand better how this vehicle would work in a low
speed environment. It also helped us to validate and optimize
our system. Next slide. Sorry about this hiccup. So basically this is a new refined prototype
based on the previous testing results. So we package and we identify the practical
systems and put in into a modularized architecture. And in corroboration with Tensile we’re also
exploring a thermal seat. And ice cream, delivering for the code, delivering
and also facial recognition for user identification. And right now we’re working on these thousand
dollar PEV platform where we’re hoping to [inaudible 00:04:45] the mobility and we want
to invite our network and our friends and the network to join our future research journey. So this is like zero to one. So we provide a zero to one. At MIT we treasure the sharing of knowledge
and we like to build ideas on top of each other. And then we’re hoping that one day we can
turn this research into a movement where people are around the world from different parts
of the world, they have the tool and the knowledge to build your own self driving car. Thank you.

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