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Unmanned shuttle drives people around Greer Memorial with ease

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A Navia shuttle carts drivers around Greer Memorial. (Feb. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina) A Navia shuttle carts drivers around Greer Memorial. (Feb. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
A Navia shuttle operates without a driver. (Feb. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina) A Navia shuttle operates without a driver. (Feb. 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

It may look like something out of the future, but they were spotted across the Greer Memorial Hospital campus on Friday.

The latest in electric vehicles is used to cart people around the campus - without drivers.

The cars, called Navia, use advanced robotics, laser mapping technology and sensors to detect the vehicle's acceleration and rotation to transport up to eight passengers to from one destination to another.

Passengers can even use an app to have the shuttle come pick them up, enter a destination on the cart's computer and then it drives them to where they need to go.

The carts, made by Induct Technology, helped transport people from the Cottages at Brushy Creek throughout the hospital campus, though they weren't used on major roads, as part of a demonstration on Friday.

They don't go fast, but offer passengers a safe, convenient and environmentally friendly way to get around with assistance, according to Induct. Induct's COO Corey Clothier said the shuttle was programmed to go 12 mph on Friday, though it can go a little faster.

Clothier said the Upstate is eager to be one of the first areas to use the Navia.

According to Induct, the carts don't use GPS technology but the initial trips are programmed using a driver and controller, but once a map is in the system, riders can use the touchscreen computer to determine their destination and route.

The cart also has a stopping mechanism and the lasers are sensitive to objects and people who may get in its path.

Navia is the first driverless shuttle and made its U.S. debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas two months ago.

The demonstration Friday was just for the day but Induct is looking for pilot test sites to partner with the technology.

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