PerceptIn has launched DragonFly Pod, an autonomous vehicle (AV) priced at $40,000. PerceptIn is known to be a full-stack visual intelligence company focused on robotics. DragonFly combines patented vision-based sensor fusion with a patented modular computing system to provide a safe and reliable method of transport in low-speed environments.
To ensure safety and enable immediate deployment, the DragonFly Pod, which maxes out at 20 miles per hour, is initially equipped for corporate and university campuses and areas with limited traffic to transport employees and goods. Following technology enhancements, PerceptIn will be able to deploy vehicles suited for high-speed scenarios.
PerceptIn has developed a method for modularizing key components of AVs such that even individuals with a limited engineering background can easily integrate these five or six components to build their own autonomous vehicle.
With the launch of DragonFly, the company aims to enable citizens to take back time for leisure, creativity and productivity in an increasingly demanding global information economy.
PerceptIn Founder Shaoshan Liu brings over 150 U.S. and international patents on robotics and autonomous driving to his work on the DragonFly. The company is now selecting customers for their pilot program. The DragonFly Pod will be available for purchase in the U.S in November of 2018 for $40,000.