Road-crossing assistance robot tried out in Ljubljana
Ljubljana, 15 October - A robot designed to help pedestrians cross the street more safely made its debut in Ljubljana on Friday. The IPA2X is a mobile stop light with an array of smart sensors. It assesses when it is safe for pedestrians to cross the street, drives onto the zebra, signals oncoming traffic to stop and signals pedestrians to make the crossing.
Today's demonstration in the BTC City shopping district was a trial to see not only how the robot works but also to gauge the response of the elderly to the IPA2X.
The robot is designed for road crossings which do not have stop lights, aiming above all to help the elderly, children and those with motion impairments, the Ljubljana-based AV Living Lab said in a press release.
Apart from visible signalling, the robot also uses communication protocols to connect with cars nearing its location to advise them to slow down.
It was designed as part of an international project co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility. Partners in the project include the technical universities in Munich and Prague, several companies, as well as the Italian cities of Milan and Modena.