Hitachi's Mechanized Walking Alternative Will Please Any Couch Potato

By: Ian Andrew Panganiban - Published: Mar 30, 2013 • References: hitachi & gizmag
There are certain times when you’re walking that you just want to sit back and relax, but picking a walking alternative, such as taking the bus or the train doesn’t sit well with you.

The good people at Hitachi have developed a self-driving one man vehicle to aid people on their daily treks. The ‘Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System’ or ‘ROPITS’ is a basically a self-automated wheel chair that was designed specifically keeping in mind the people who have a difficult time walking. The one-man vehicle only travels on side-walks and has a max speed of 3.7 mph. Passengers will input their travel destinations on a map display onboard or via the owner’s mobile device.

If at the end of the day work leaves you tired or frazzled and you don’t want to feel sardined on a bus or a subway, then this robotic wheelchair might just be for you. Stats for Autonomous Sidewalk Vehicles Trending: Older & Chilly
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