The future of autonomous transport is affordable and modular: DIDRIVERS
DIDRIVERS‘s academic credentials are pretty impressive. While the average entrepreneur seems to take pride in being a high-school dropout, or at least, a college dropout, DIDRIVERS’s executives each have qualifications aplenty from recognized establishments after their names.
The founder, Dr. Rafiq Swash holds a Ph.D. in Holoscopic 3D Imaging and Display Technology, while his colleagues hold doctorates in Real-time Computing, Communications, control systems, computer vision and Ai.
DIDRIVERS are all about autonomous vehicles and robotics. Their product range covers utility vehicles such as buses, trucks and personalized transport: their systems enable standard sensors to be used to controlled on just about anything that has the ability to travel!
In an interview with Tech Wire Asia, the company’s Founder Dr. Rafiq Swash thinks that the breakthrough for autonomous vehicles will come, in all likelihood, from service vehicles: He identifies the market as:
“Utility vehicles where service delivery is important for the business and yet there is a lack of motivation for workers.”
While removing the drudgery of the service round from utility workers will be welcomed (not at least by the drivers), Dr. Swash opines that autonomous cars are a way off, but driver aids available today are putting us on that road:
“Private transport such as our cars which we drive to work won’t yet be fully autonomous due to cost of sensors as well as there is not a valid rationale to it. However, they will offer an enhanced driving experience – but our cars are already to some extent enhancing driving today.”
It doesn’t seem that far from lane-holding technology or automated parking systems to full autonomy. After all, the tech is pretty much in place; it’s the legislative frameworks that need work, he says.
As far as liability goes, Dr. Swash says that in the event of a vehicular failure, the manufacturer will be responsible: “like a warranty on your TV at home.” But of course, this will depend on watertight protocols that can unambiguously show the autonomous platform’s capabilities have been exceeded.
The company’s product range includes self-driving freight trucks, vans, fire-engines, public transportation vehicles and even luggage carriers and wheel chair moving around airports for the frequent flyer’s convenience.
DIDRIVERS use 3D printing to model their next-gen autonomous vehicles, which significantly reduces cost on rapid manufacturing. Products can be delivered quickly and be highly customized, all without classical production costs – no factories to re-tool here!
The company’s vision extends to the software layer, with the world’s first robotics operating system, DROS (DIDRIVERS Robotic Operating System) available to partner organizations. DROS allows widely-available sensors’ data to be collated, fused and used in any form of transport, thus lowering total implementation costs quite significantly. Already, other companies are using DROS for their own products; companies like GAUSSIN, for instance, who are specialists in the transportation of non-standard loads.
DIDRIVERS and their UAE associates and parent company DigiRobotics are focused on advanced robotics and industrial automation, right across sectors as wide as transport, aviation, media, industrial and public services.
The company’s relatively small size (isn’t every self-driving innovation company small when compared to Toyota, Google et al?) helps the company to respond more quickly. Being fleet-of-foot definitely benefits technology companies, especially those, like DIDRIVERS, who are very much business oriented, rather than academic researchers.
“We can convert any vehicle into autonomy – we have the effective full control solutions,” says Dr. Swash.
And their focus is problem-solving, with a goal to accelerate the world’s transition to autonomous vehicles and robotics with their a range of affordable technologies.
As well as vehicles, the company is also involved in sustainable technologies for smart cities and buildings – their modular approach (3D printing and DROS) suits a multi-application attitude which the company embraces.
To learn more about DIDRIVERS’s products such as WIZO, WIGO, MIGO, BIGO, TIGO and TRUGO, and to speak to an expert, get in touch today.