In Dubai, there’s a strong effort to move to autonomous vehicles and to adopt 3D printing. The country hopes to have 25 percent of the vehicles self-driving and 25 percent of buildings 3D printed. UAE-based DigiRobotics embraces both technologies with WiGo, its 3D-printed autonomous vehicle.
The body of the self-driving car was 3D-printed in Dubaiusing a six-axis, large-scale 3D printer (DG3- print), which DigiRobotics develops locally as well. The chassis of the WiGo is metal. It was built using an electric engine, but it can be equipped with solar panels to charge it—to make it more eco-friendly.
The car, which was unveiled at GITEX in Dubai earlier this year, has two pairs of seats, a large screen and four iPads. Passengers use the iPads to determine where they are going, as well as for entertainment.
The WiGo uses long- and short-range ultrasonic sensors and a GPS tracking system, which allows it to recognize and avoid obstacles and allow it to take a different route.
"WiGo uses a Velodyne 360 LiDAR sensor for real-time localization and mapping, as well as a combination of radar and lidar with vision cameras to provide reliable 360 sensing, surrounding awareness and obstacle avoidance in any weather conditions,” said Rafiq Swash, technical director of DigiRobotics Technologies. “WiGo has an embedded visual engine for standard objects and human detection, which allows it to make the most effective decision in navigation and avoiding obstacles."
For now, the vehicle is only a demonstration model.