Fore. The future in driving – driverless driving – is coming to Tampa and it looks like a souped-up golf cart. The French-made Navia by Induct Technology will be exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry and start tooling around this summer. Top speed: 12.5 mph.
The Navia is the first AV – automated, or autonomous, vehicle – to go on sale: $250,000. The laser-guided, fully electric Navia was donated to MOSI, which will introduce the vehicle on STEM Day March 28 in Tallahassee, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported.
Four Navias have been sold in the U.S. since going on the market in January 2014. The vehicle fits eight and has no controls. Passengers can flag a ride with a smartphone and tap their destination into an onboard computer. A press clipping for Induct Technology says the Navia is envisioned for hops around college campuses, hospitals and industrial sites. Also projected is added mobility for elderly and disabled groups.
Florida, California and Nevada are the only states where laws allow AVs on public roadways. Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volvo are part of the AV engineering effort. Two years ago former Florida transportation boss Ananth Prasad received a 70-mph test drive on a Tallahassee interstate in one of Google’s AVs.
Hasta la vista