2020 will be an exciting year for Trollhättan. Koenigsegg wants to produce a hybrid sports car at the factory, Sono Motors the Sion - and NEVS from the end of 2020 a robot taxi for Europe. NEVS is nothing less than the presentation of a new type of vehicle, which should stand for the future of sustainable mobility in Europe.
The template for the new type delivers the 2017 featured at CES Asia InMotion Concept, The developers in the Stallbacka resort to the technology of AutoX for its realization. Last Friday, the two companies announced the beginning of an exclusive strategic partnership for Europe.
AutoX wants to democratize autonomous driving
AutoX founder is Jianxiong Xiao, a former Princeton computer science professor. His concept of autonomous driving is surprisingly simple, and fundamentally different from his competitors. While these rely on a complex technology package, consisting of several Lidar radar sensors and differential GPS, AutoX is content only with standard webcams. 7 cameras per vehicle, they are to come from Logitech, and a self-developed software fully meet the founder to send a robot taxi on the road. Interesting, because AutoX is not alone. Even Elon Musk consistently dispenses with the need for elaborate technology and combines 8 cameras and 12 ultrasonic sensors with only one forward-looking radar. From year's end, Tesla could for all vehicles Hardware update provide fully autonomous driving enabled.
The cost per car is given by AutoX at $ 500. A price far below what would be possible with Lidar technology. And the concept of AutoX already seems to prove itself in everyday life. In San Jose and Santa Clara you can request robotic taxis via smartphone app. They deliver food or meals from restaurants to any location, whether at home, in the office or in the parking lot.
NEVS will begin testing AutoX technology in the third quarter of 2019. At the end of the year 2020, the first robot taxis in Europe will be piloted. The basis for this is a new vehicle based on the well-known InMotion Concept. It is currently being developed for series production in Trollhättan.
The robot taxi is a revolution
The future, she could once again come from the small town on Göta Älv. No surprise, because Trollhättan has already gone through many breaks and new beginnings. Surely this change is different than many readers dream it. Technical, colder. But the temptations of the future concept are obvious, and they are revolutionary. Robot taxis know no breaks, no standstill. They can be used around the clock and thus lead in the medium term to fewer vehicles being used for our mobility. The robot taxi opens up completely new possibilities and business fields.