In the past few months, we have covered plenty of interesting autonomous vehicles, including city cars, campus shuttle, and even golf carts. MIT’s self-driving scooter (Smart-NUS) allows mobility-impaired users to move in a building independently. Smart software is used to allow the scooter to adapt to changes in its environment.
These vehicles use route-planning, localization, and map building algorithms to construct a map and find their location on it. As MIT explains:
Using the same control algorithms for all types of vehicles — scooters, golf carts, and city cars — has several advantages. One is that it becomes much more practical to perform reliable analyses of the system’s overall performance.
MIT has shared more about these projects here.