Robot Chauffer Takes the Wheel of Golf Carts

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July 17, 2019 - Golf Cart Accidents

Technological advances are rapidly changing the way that we live.  That change is unlikely to slow anytime soon.  With the advent of autonomous driving, for instance, there may shortly come a time in which cars commonly hit the road without anyone behind the wheel.  In the meantime, you may soon be able to let a robot do the driving.  That includes golf carts.

The Intelligent Vehicle Operator is a small robot that researchers in Israel are developing to be able to take the wheel.  The IVO is meant to help ease the transition between human motorists and self-driving cars.

The robot draws on a series of cameras to see its surroundings and adaptive learning technology to adjust to traffic and other circumstances.  It also has arms to steer and legs to use the accelerator and brake pedals.

The robots are small enough at 44 lbs and can be folded up to be portable.  That means anyone could conceivably have a chauffeur with them at all times.

An IVO prototype is currently being tested behind the wheel of a golf cart on the campus of Ben-Gurion University.  The team is also already at work on a second generation IVO.

Safe Golf Carting

Autonomous driving technology is often hailed as a way to avoid some of the safety hazards that can come with having a human behind the wheel.  While researchers continue to work out the kinks, there are some basic safety precautions golf cart drivers can take now to reduce the risk of a crash.

It all starts with wearing a seat belt.  Many drivers and golf cart occupants involved in accidents are injured or killed by being thrown from their vehicles, rather than in the initial collision itself. If your cart is not already equipped with this vital safety device, belts can easily be added.

Drivers should also maintain safe speeds, avoid sharp turns and drive their carts only where allowed by law.  That means staying off of roads where posted speed limits are 35 miles an hour or more.

Talk With a Villages Golf Cart Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured in a golf cart accident, you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible for the crash.  That includes money damages covering any medical bills, property damage and other financial impacts of the accident.

It is important that you seek the advice and counsel of an experienced personal injury lawyer. In Florida, a seasoned Villages golf cart accident attorney can help you weigh your options and build the strongest possible case.  A lawyer can also guide you through the legal process.

Villages golf cart accident attorney Tim Babiarz has been representing people involved in collisions for more than two decades.  Our office is conveniently located in the Villages.  Our firm is proud to fight for clients in Ocala, Leesburg, Lady Lake, Wildwood, Summerfield and beyond. Call (352) 205-7599 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.