This is not the first time someone has proposed charging a moving car using in-road power, but now there could be tons of money behind the idea.
Believe it or not, the Induct Navia is not the first boxy, autonomous shuttle we've ever seen. That honor goes to the VIPA (a French acronym that stands for Autonomous Individual Passenger Vehicle) from Ligier that made its debut at the 2011 Challenge Bibendum. As we said upon seeing that bit of wheeled craziness, self-driving boxes are a cool idea, given right environment. Induct showed off the Navia at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week, and we, for one, welcome our new box-driving
This is Anki Drive. Developed by Boris Sofman, Mark Palatucci and Hanns Tappeiner, three doctorate-level robotics students at Carnegie Mellon, Anki Drive blends what we'd traditionally call slot-car racing with a Mario Kart-like ability to assault your competition and a Borg-like ability to learn and evolve. It's been shown at two of Apple's World Wide Developers Conferences, which is saying something, considering the caliber of the developers that get invited to the fruit company's annual event