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VIPA is a Driverless and Eco-Conscious Automobile

By: manzil - Published: May 24, 2011 • References: green.autoblog and automotto
VIPA is Ligier's electric mini vehicle, or Autonomous Individual Passenger Vehicle in French, and is an eco-friendly four wheeler ideal for airports, parks and bus or train stations.

VIPA was officially launched at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum. The uniqueness of the vehicle lies in its simplicity and use of the latest technology. The simple-looking vehicle can memorize a route with just the help of a joystick and keyboard, which is how the driverless technology essentially works.

VIPA employs two cameras mounted on the top of the vehicle's front and back, and its front laser scanner scans people and any moving object that passes its way.

VIPA's 8.5 kWh rechargeable battery pack enables it to run for eight hours consecutively, and with a top speed of 20 kmph, makes it an efficient passenger vehicle.