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Self-Driving Golf Carts

These Autonomous Vehicles Drive Tourists Around Singapore

— September 5, 2015 — Autos
MIT and the National Research Foundation of Singapore recently designed a series of self-driving golf carts that help to transport tourists throughout the city. While many cities have designed shuttle services specifically for visitors, Singapore is the first city to use autonomous vehicles as a form of public transportation.

The self-driving golf carts go by the name 'SMART' and operate at public gardens throughout the city. Tourists can book the service simply by selecting a designated pick-up and drop-off time. The golf carts can then transport passengers to designated locations by using a series of cameras and vehicle-mounted sensors. While the autonomous vehicles can only move at a speed of 15 mph, the carts are able to provide tourists with an easy way of getting around.

Although the technology is still in the early stages of testing, the autonomous vehicles could prove extremely useful for resorts and other vacation destinations.
Trend Themes
1. Self-driving Golf Carts - The trend of using autonomous vehicles as public transportation for tourists in cities.
2. Autonomous Shuttle Services - The trend of designing shuttle services specifically for visitors using self-driving technology.
3. Resort Transportation Innovation - The trend of implementing autonomous vehicles for transport in resorts and vacation destinations.
Industry Implications
1. Hospitality - The hospitality industry can explore using self-driving golf carts to transport guests within resorts and vacation destinations.
2. Tourism - The tourism industry can leverage autonomous shuttle services to provide convenient transportation options for visitors in cities.
3. Transportation - The transportation industry can develop and deploy more self-driving golf carts and shuttles for public use in various locations.
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