In the last few months it has become interesting again to do with autonomous driving. Rumors about an autonomous car from Apple made the rounds, Zoox has presented its own autonomous transporter and now the company Mobileye, which belongs to Intel, is also following. Several thousand of the company’s vehicles are expected to make their rounds worldwide in the next few years.
A collaboration with the start-up Udelv, which has been specializing in autonomous deliveries for some time, should make it possible. The delivery van “The Transporter”, which is now planned for series production, is based on a modular platform, so different designs could appear in the near future. But one thing is still special: The vehicle has no space for people.
Although a vehicle driver can connect to the van via an online connection and rescue it in stuck situations, there is no cabin or steering wheel in this form. Independent subsystems are installed so that the van is still safe on the road. One controls the 13 built-in cameras, another one the six radars and again the next one the 9 LiDAR sensors.
This structure ensures that another subsystem can step in if one fails In this way, the vehicle can at least safely come to a standstill. Jack West, Vice President of the autonomous division of Mobileye, gives hope for an early start in an interview with The Verge. A commercial rollout is therefore imminent.
Exact technical details about “The Transporter” are not yet available. So far we only know that fast charging systems are supported and a maximum speed of 105 kilometers per hour is possible. The start of the vehicle is not geographically restricted, 2021 the vehicles could be used globally. Maybe in Europe too.
Scarce 35. 000 autonomous vehicles in five years (2023 – 2028) on the road is an ambitious goal, but still within the realm of the possible. Now all that remains to be seen is that governments around the world are approving the new vans so that they can go about their normal operations as soon as possible. A start in Germany does not seem absurd, but I think in this country it will still take a while.
Via The Verge