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First Robotic Transport


First Robotic Transport
Name: Eureka PROMETHEUS Project Year: 1986 Creator: University of Munich/ Mercedes-Benz
Following the 1964 World’s Fair, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov predicted a future where vehicles were driven by “robot brains”. For years, autonomous vehicles were limited to theoretical concepts and research projects.

First Robotic Transport
Real progress began in 1986 when the University of Munich launched the Eureka PROMETHEUS Project. For nearly a decade, the team developed a driverless vehicle called VITA, which used sensors to adjust its speed as it detected hazards. In 1994, VITA completed a 1,000-kilometre (620- mile) journey on a highway in heavy Paris traffic, reaching speeds of 128 kilometres (80 miles) per hour. Aspects of VITA were eventually incorporated into new Mercedes-Benz cars.