The idea of using robot technology for cars isn’t new, but this new model, the so-called RoboCar MEV [JP], is pretty cool. The one-seater, made by Japanese maker ZMP, is actually the company’s second robot car (following a similar vehicle they showed last February).
The RoboCar MEV is sized at 2.4x 1.0x 1.6m and weighs 350kg. Powered by two 0.29kW in-wheel motors, the car features a stereo camera, an IMU (inertial measurement unit), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, laser ranger finders, and speed sensors. ZMP says the top speed is 60km/h.
ZMP is selling the RoboCar MEV for $83,000 and two trimmed-down versions for $35,000 and $59,000, respectively.
This video shows the robot vehicle in action: