When Sony presented its SC-1 autonomous vehicle concept, many speculated for him a future as an autonomous shuttle for parties and events.
The news of the day is that the PlayStation manufacturer has started a partnership with Yamaha for a "social" version of the SC-1.
It is an expansion of the concept designed for use in theme parks, golf courses and shopping centers.
With a greatly expanded set of sensors, five generous seats (instead of the three originally planned) and a system of interchangeable batteries that increase its autonomy, the SC-1 definitely changes its vocation.
A world apart
The massive presence of sensors completely eliminates the need for any window. For this, a 4-inch 49K screen provides an increased view of the outside, while 4 55-inch screens outside provide passersby with information and advertising.
Curious application of artificial intelligence that perhaps will be massive in the future: advertising will be able to adapt to those who are watching it.
Example, if SC-1 "sees" that at that moment the passers-by are all children, he will pull out a toy commercial. Other contents may be distributed by gender, age, even the build of passers-by.
The SC-1 amusement shuttle is expected to be deployed by Sony and Yamaha in Japan in the coming months. To be precise, a Sony statement says, "by the end of March 2020".
I doubt, however, that it will be sold directly: I imagine it will be used directly in special projects and in closed circuits.
Imagine a use in the monumental areas of Rome: climbing in SC-1 you could take a tour in the Baths of Caracalla, for example, seeing both the current state and a VR reconstruction of the area. A kind of guided tour through the various eras. The applications of this autonomous shuttle are endless.
Sure, the spectacular 18km / h speed might tickle weird cravings in you adrenaline-pumping runners, but I think you have to make do with select pedestrian areas.
Then? Ready to get on board? Who knows what they are doing in there.