Bosch will bring future unmanned shuttle to Las VegasDecember 14, 2018
Bosch will present its vision of the concept of an unmanned electric shuttle at CES in Las Vegas. The prototype prepared for the show is positioned as a design project. The company is not going to become an automaker, but is ready to develop a software platform for using such machines in ridesharing services.
The Bosch drone provides a mobile passenger compartment, the body of which is predominantly made of glass. In the cabin of the shuttle can accommodate up to four people, but the company has provided other configurations. Displays of the entertainment system are used individually or together when two passengers, for example, want to watch one movie. Using the built-in Wi-Fi, you can stream content from smartphones to them.
Installed in the cabin cameras monitor forgotten things and cleanliness. The accuracy of the system is such that it determines whether coffee is spilled on the seats or abandoned chewing gum. It is assumed that it will be possible to call the drone from a mobile application that will independently choose the best route and find travel companions.
The shuttle is set in motion by a Bosch electrical propulsion system. It operates under the control of a software system that analyzes the state of the battery and, if necessary, sends a drone to the nearest charging terminal. The system is able to predict the remaining power reserve based on data from the energy consumption of the climate system, traffic information and weather forecast. Radar, ultrasonic sensors and software based on high-precision maps help the machine to orient itself in space.
Bosch is confident that autonomous shuttles will take to the streets of the largest city in the world very soon. The forecast for 2020 is two million shuttles on the roads of Europe, the USA and China. Among them are likely to be luxury drones, like the Volvo 360c or Renault EZ-Ultimo.