A robot taxi drives into the future. The Sango project.

The first concept was shown at CES Asia in 2017. NEVS is now presenting the prototype of its Sango project. A self-driving robot taxi according to level 4. It offers a flexible interior with space for up to 6 passengers. All seats have their own air conditioning and the individual possibility to shield the passengers.

Sango from NEVS
Sango from NEVS

Robot taxi according to level 4

Do we see the future from Trollhättan now? It would be possible. The Sango provides the hardware for a self-driving taxi service called "PONS". It is 4,266 meters long, 2.021 meters wide and 2.018 meters high. The taxi is self-driving after level 4. A lidar system with 5 sensors, two on each side, one facing the front, provides orientation. Its software controls cooperation partners AutoX at.

The range of the purely electrically powered Sango is specified as 200 kilometers according to the WLTP. Its 62 kWh battery takes 5 hours and 30 minutes to go from an "empty" battery to 100%. The manufacturer specifies 2 hours and 45 minutes to charge from 30% to 80%. Fast loading would be technically possible, but NEVS prefers slow loading. The Stallbacka promises a longer battery life from this. In addition, one expects to have to charge mainly at night when the fleet of robot taxis is less busy.

First field trials in Stockholm

In the near future, you can order the robot taxi with the "PONS" app. The computer decides whether you are the only guest in the self-driving taxi or whether you have to share the Sango with up to 5 other people. The first autonomous Sango taxis are to be tested in the Swedish capital in the coming years. First in a limited environment, later in all of Stockholm.

The maximum speed of the robot taxi, which weighs 2.5 tons, is given as 70 kilometers per hour. However, the first vehicles will be limited to a maximum of 50 km / h. Even then there is still a long way to go. A prototype of the Sango is currently on the road in Trollhättan. Its speed is even more limited. 15 km / h, that has to be enough to drive into the future.

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9 thoughts on "A robot taxi drives into the future. The Sango project."

  • @ Bergsaab

    in rural areas, public transport should simply be better. That is the job of politics!
    I think such a robot taxi cannot be used sensibly in the Hochsauerland. In winter there may be snow, there is constant uphill and downhill ... the battery is empty so quickly that it is uneconomical to operate such a robot taxi. This vehicle will probably not drive for free either.

  • I do not know where capri73 is at home and how old now, but probably quite a bit away from life in the country. If I see elementary school students with huge satchels here + an extra backpack for physical education then it is comparable to a mountain hike and the whole thing in cold winter and summer heat with rain and snow, 6km daily. With the bus it is often the case that for a distance of 5 km as the crow flies it takes 1:45, i.e. 3:30 a day. From this perspective, I find such concepts in rural areas to be better off than in the city. The thing is just stuck there in a traffic jam.
    The situation with retirees is ambiguous, many are doing well, but there are also those who had to switch to unemployment or early retirement after 1990, because finances are often tight. The social structures work well here insofar as something is organized for everyone. With the autonomous minibuses, however, no one has to ask someone else for a favor.

  • The underlying idea is certainly that such a self-driving taxi should replace several private car trips. If it actually works that way, it will probably be more of a blocker than a blocker. But if it has the electric scooter effect and mainly replaces footpaths, the streets will of course become even fuller.

    But my concerns are of a different nature. When I see what some public transport vehicles look like, I'm more concerned that such vehicles will quickly become victims of vandalism or unpleasant body excretions. And then nobody wants to get into that anymore.
    And if the preventive measure against something like this is more surveillance, at least my answer is 'no thanks'.

  • There is a taxi for retirees and students can walk ... keep fit and not be overweight.
    In the past we also had to run to school, it wasn't a problem.

  • I don't understand why something like that should clog the fully developed public space in metropolitan areas in addition to rental bikes, e-scooters, etc. In rural areas, elementary school students are expected to walk up to 3km to school. Pensioners have a day's trip to the doctor with local public transport and commute to work is only possible by car or bike. Autonomous on-call buses for 5-15km to the next train station or public transport interface would make sense, especially the size of up to 6 people is okay, more usually don't sit in the big buses ... if one is driving.

  • 15 km / h goes very well with NEVS. In the past few years you never had the feeling that NEVS is traveling faster !!! In eight years, however, around 400 cars were built. Good job !
    No one needs such self-propelled boxes.
    If I don't want to drive myself, I can take a bus, taxi, tram or train.
    Incidentally, almost every steam locomotive was faster than the box from NEVS. That is progress!

  • Does that also mean production in Trollhättan?
    I would be happy for the city and its people.

    In my opinion, there is little to be said against emission-free and autonomous taxi traffic in metropolitan areas, if everything works safely and smoothly as if by magic or as if by troll hand ...
    Looks like a Star Wars movie. Has something.

    Speaking of which, my boys made me watch one episode each for the last two evenings. And I actually had to think of Saab several times ...

    The Aero X is similar to one or the other aircraft. But I found it even more striking that all control elements and fittings of the imaginary future are astonishing and pleasantly simple and sometimes even monochrome.

    Isn't that also a hallmark of all Saab studies?
    And isn't it just the opposite of mixers with 16,7 million colors and 3D graphics?

    Who would have thought that hundreds of corporations and thousands of brands could and would leave room for unfulfilled wishes and a lasting feeling of loss?

    The damn Saab studies are simply a factor X more attractive than any currently available car. Saab is missing.

  • The taxi looks very comfortable and spacious inside. I can well imagine such a part in the future. Would use it too. Does D.-Benz have something like that in the “surprise drawer”? Or should the 200 D keep on running ...?

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