2020 will be an exciting year for the Trollhättan location. Koenigsegg wants to produce a hybrid sports car in the factory, Sono Motors the Sion - and NEVS a robot taxi for Europe from the end of 2020. NEVS is about nothing less than the presentation of a new type of vehicle that 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 at Stallbacka use AutoX technology to implement it. Last Friday, the two companies announced the start 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 that enables fully autonomous driving.
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. The first robot taxis in Europe are to be piloted by the end of 2020. The basis for this is a new vehicle that is to be 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, it could come again from the small town on Göta Älv. No surprise, because Trollhättan has already experienced many breaks and new beginnings. This upheaval is certainly different from what many readers dream of. More technical, colder. But the temptations of the concept of the future are obvious, and they are revolutionary. Robot taxis have no breaks, no standstill. They can be used around the clock and in the medium term will lead to fewer vehicles that are used for our mobility. The robot taxi opens up completely new opportunities and business areas.