Autonomous driving is one of the big topics of the future. The fully autonomous wave should roll by 2025 at the latest, and all manufacturers are researching in this direction. Semi-autonomous vehicles can already be bought today, but the driver is still responsible. That NEVS also wants to be there with the first new generation of vehicles, which should be fully networked, is not really a surprise.
But, in keeping with the tradition of vehicles from Trollhättan, there is a story behind them to tell. What made a Saab in the past? It was always the little quirks that made a Saab better and different. There was the driver-oriented cockpit - at a time when other manufacturers were still building dashboards in the literal sense of the word. The asymmetrical speedometer, the ingenious night panel, the automatic seat heating, the active headrest. Small innovations that made life with a Saab special and that could put a smile on the face of its owner.
People: Anna Haupt develops the self-propelled electric car at NEVS
NEVS could step into this tradition of special features. The Swedish Anna Haupt will strengthen the development team in the future and will work in the field of self-driving electric cars. The industrial designer has the potential for special creativity and maybe even for the “lunatic factor”, as Saab said earlier.
Together with Terese Alstin she developed the invisible bicycle helmet and founded the startup hövding. The invisible helmet works like an airbag, unfolds under the control of two sensors in the event of a fall or rollover and protects the head more completely than a conventional helmet. Because the neck / neck area and the back of the head are also protected by Anna Haupt's innovation.
As in a black box, the Hövding helmet stores the data immediately before and during the impact. The evaluation of the accident data at the headquarters in Malmö refines product development and improves protection. The innovation from southern Sweden has already been nominated as a finalist for the European Inventor Award 2014 and for other prizes.
Anna Haupt's commitment to NEVS is more than just a persona and arouses curiosity about products from Trollhättan. Creativity to design different and better solutions has been part of the Stallbacka engineers' DNA in the past. It seems that NEVS would like to continue this tradition with Anna Haupt. It will take some time before we can see the first result. NEVS is (still) a small newcomer, the way to the first finished product will be a challenge. Anna Haupt expects 5 years of development.
People: Jörgen Schribe CFO at NEVS
From a personal point of view, there is still a message from Trollhättan. Another new addition was published last week by NEVS. Jörgen Schribe becomes new CFO at NEVS and succeeds Ove Eriksson, who will lead the Chinese business as CFO in the future. NEVS is thus hiring another top manager, who previously worked for Volvo Trucks and Volvo Cars.