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.
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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