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A Canadian company is helping to bring self-driving to the masses with an off-the-shelf, five piece kit that turns almost any car partially autonomous.

For less than USD 3,000, almost any vehicle can be made partially self-driving with X-Matik’s LaneCruise add-on system. The Toronto, Canada, based company is one of seven organizations given the go-ahead by the Ontario government to live test self-driving vehicles. X-Matik is currently monitoring the use of 200 of its LaneCruise kits throughout Ontario.

Each add-on system contains a brainbox that sits below the driver’s seat, a forward-looking camera that is attached to the rear-view mirror, a brake, gas pedal and a wheel controller. What LaneCruise does not include is sonar and radar and the company’s founder acknowledges the lack. What X-Matik’s system is doing, however, is democratizing access to self-driving functionality for the many people who cannot afford a new car. When the limits of the LaneCruise system are reached, the driver is alerted and asked to take control of the vehicle. A full launch of the final design is planned for 2018.

More and more self-driving vehicles are taking to the roads, and the technology’s use continues to expand. As would be expected, long-haul trucking is one of the many industries trialling the technology. Self-driving wheelchairs are being used in a hospital to help relieve nurses from logistics work that includes finding wheelchairs and wheeling patients around the hospital network. How could autonomous driving be used in unexpected ways or areas?

Email: sales@x-matik.com

Website: x-matik.com

Contact: sales@x-matik.com

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