The Germans showed a unique modular autonomous car DLR U-ShiftSeptember 21, 2020
The dimensions of the electric car are comparable to a large van. So far, it cannot do without human participation in its management. And this is done remotely. In the future, the newest car will become completely independent.
The German Center for Aviation and Space DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt), together with several institutes, presented the first prototype of the autonomous electric platform U-Shift.
With its help, you can transport people and all kinds of goods. The structure of such a universal system includes the tractor itself in the form of a horseshoe and replaceable modules or capsules. Moreover, U-Shift will be able to change these blocks on its own due to the air suspension. The new product, according to the developers, will be in demand in a wide variety of areas: from passenger transportation and delivery of goods to mobile retail outlets.
It is known that about 12 million euros were allocated to finance this very promising project.
Now the developers of the new autonomous electric car will have to move on to the second stage. Its launch is scheduled for 2024. The plans of the German specialists are to modernize the U-Shift chassis, improve the “lift”, and also increase the output of the power plant (up to 60 km / h).
In the meantime, negotiations are underway with potential manufacturers and operators, as well as surveys are being conducted among ordinary citizens.
Meanwhile, PSA has introduced a new modular electrical platform called eVMP. This architecture is suitable for cars from segments C and D. They are going to use it from 2023. At the same time, it is noted that the cars on the new “cart” will be environmentally friendly and will be able to boast of a high level of safety.
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