The original link is here. I am trying my best to translate the contents into English. Though I already lived in Italy for nearly one year, I still feel very shame for my poor Italian. The news is about VisLab, and I’d like to offer my help to make the news known by more people. If there is any big errors or mistakes, please let me know. Thanks.
Cars that can drive themselves, or self driving car, if you prefer, are one of the most hot topics at this moment. But few people know that one of the global companies with the most advanced design is the Italian VisLab, which is working on a car with 13 dual sensor-low cost cameras integrated into the vehicle, and is able to give the car a 360 degrees of 3D vision for everything around.
It will still take years before using them in the city, but we can first expect a revolution in autonomous tractors: capable of plowing, sowing, harvest, spray the fields day and night, without a driver. According to Professor Alberto Broggi of VisLab, “this is the true revolution because the autonomous tractor is the way in which we will produce food for the entire planet.”
These and other innovations were the topics of an interesting interview with Alberto Broggi, leader of VisLab Italy and Professor of Computer Vision at the University of Parma, who explained the difficulties that his company encounters because of the bureaucracy in Italy.
Let’s start from this: the California DMV has decided to regulate the emerging technology through the issuance of special permits for vehicles. The self driving car is able to move semi autonomously in traffic every day in the city and on the highways, provided that the manufacturer is registered to have the permit and that there is a driver to take control of the vehicle in case of that the computer were to take risky decisions or losing control.
The entity has already delivered the permits to three companies that will use 29 vehicles on the roads and highways; most of the permits are with Google Car, but there are also models of Mercedes and VW. This step in California is a crucial step in order not to restrain the activities of research and development and thus encourage an emerging industry.
Exactly the opposite of what happens in Italy, where VisLab has been working for years on various projects including Argo in 1998, the Parma-Shanghai trip and BRAiVE (The mot advanced car without driver in the world is Italian). “When we did the test last year we had a lot of difficulties in finding the right person to talk to and to get permission to do a test” says Broggi. “I do not say to do the test as they did in California, we just asked for one day that we wanted to do a special test on public roads, and it was a mess,” says Broggi.
“We succeeded thanks to the efforts of the DISS (Center for Road Safety), which asked the operator, the ministry, the traffic police, the local police and the municipality., But there isn’t a procedure, at least I do not know and no one has told me. We had great difficulty int getting this and I think we will not do it again because it was more difficult to find the permissions for the vehicle than implementing the technical part. ”