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Driverless car for the elderly launched in Japan

Japanese engineering giant Hitachi have launched a self-driving car designed to pick up and drop off passengers automatically.

The Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System, or simply the Robits, is designed to use pavements and public footpaths instead of roads.

The car has been designed to cater specifically for the elderly as well as disabled or less abled drivers.

The futuristic car has distance sensors and a guidance system to help it avoid pedestrians and potholes, and to detect potential obstructions in its path.

Equipped with GPS to transport a single passenger, the car can also be programmed to pick up and drop passengers automatically.