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Some of its components can be ’snapped together’ and come from an international line-up of companies
Swiss car design innovator Rinspeed has announced its latest city runabout concept car which has been developed to be more versatile and eco-friendly, with a longer lifespan than other vehicles.
The autonomous electric vehicle Snap, so-called because the major components can literally be snapped together, features a high-wear “skateboard”-like chassis incorporating the drivetrain and a separate durable passenger safety cell (“pod”).
Snap will be debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 2018.
Snap: its makers say the sum of its parts is greater than the whole
Once the mechanical and fast-aging IT components renders the skateboard part of the vehicle outdated, the notion is that the “much less stressed” safety cell pod can be used again by detaching it from the chassis.
According to Rinspeed, this separation feature also means the pod can even be useful when removed to be deployed in several ways: “it can be anything from a variable shopping pod or a spacious camping pod to a ‘cozy cuddling pod’ and even provide a breathtaking, fully-connected user experience for the occupants of the passenger cabin,” it claims.
The 24th concept car from Rinspeed, designed at Swiss company 4erC and technically executed at Esoro, is also testimony to the truly international nature of the venture.
The two steering axles along with the integrated electric powertrain come from German car parts maker ZF. The twin axles allow for an extremely small turning circle.
The car is also reportedly brimming with sensors. For example, US firm, Gentex is contributing an Iris scanner for occupant detection as well as dimmable front and rear glass elements, which can also be found on Boeing’s Dreamliner.
Lidar sensors from Ibeo in Hamburg ensure that obstacles on the road are detected by real-time measurement of the light reflections, the company said.
Meanwhile, Dutch company TomTom provides HD maps for autonomous driving and navigation technologies that enable predictive driving for passengers’ comfort.
Finally, Israeli start-up Valens’s HDBaseT Automotive connectivity technology is responsible for the fast and secure transmission of ultra-high-definition, high-resolution multimedia signals between the numerous vehicle components.\
In an historic move for both human- and robot-kind, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia officially granted its first-ever robot citizenship. Sophia, the artificially intelligent and human-looking robot developed by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, went on stage at the Future Investment Initiative on Thursday where she herself announced her unique status.
[April 20, 2018 by Christine Steinmetz, The Conversation] Smart cities, digital cities, virtual cities, connected cities. Are these just trendy buzzwords? Perhaps. But these types of cities are supported by infrastructure that is more than bricks and mortar.
The world's Robotic Kitchen by Moley.
The Future is Served. Thanks to the motion-capture system the robotic kitchen can now precisely replicate the actions of a master chef thereby creating a variety of delicious dishes, cooked to world-class standards, for the domestic kitchen and for other preparation areas.
Through a network of connected devices and vehicles in the district, researchers hope to make cycling a safer activity.
It’s the first real-world testing Charles River Analytics has done with the system, which it calls Multimodal Alerting Interface with Networked Short-range Transmissions (MAIN-ST)