While the robot’s appearance isn’t very slick, the specs are impressive. In 10 minutes, the Uomo can turn a normal car into a tele-operated vehicle, or one that can follow a course laid out in a GPS. A semi-autonomous vehicle can be created in under 4 hours. The “Robotic Appliqué Kit”, as the the Utah-based company calls it, can run off the car’s battery, or it’s own BA5590 power supply.
Uomo sits in the driver’s seat, where it controls the steering, brakes, throttle and transmission. Weighing less than 50 pounds, Uomo can be transferred from one vehicle to another, so you can add it to your SUV when it’s your turn to carpool the kids to soccer, and put it in your Yaris for those long, solo drives where you want to save on gas. Kairos Autonomi — well known for competing in the DARPA Challenge — has fitted all kinds of vehicles, including tanks and front loaders.