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The Afkar Electric Cars Will Drive Short Distances Fully Autonomously

 - Nov 14, 2014
References: fraunhofer.de & gizmag
Afkar is the German abbreviation for 'autonomous driving and intelligent chassis concept for an all-electric vehicle'. The project, being worked on by scientists and engineers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, aims to develop a robotic electric car that can independently navigate around unfamiliar spaces and avoid obstacles on its way to its destination.

The Afkar electric vehicle will be able to find parking spaces and park without causing or picking up scratches or bumps. It could be fitted with a wireless interface to help it communicate with garages and charging stations and locate vacant charging stations.

The basic technology required by the car is already available; however the scientists are figuring out how to embed them into the vehicles to make them work as intended.