Geneva round-up (2): Things autonomous
March 4, 2015 § Leave a comment
I’ve already written about the Rinspeed Budii (modified BMW i3; electric powertrain itself unchanged) but it was good to get a sit inside and see the robot arm – enabling driving from either side when in DIY mode – in action. All made possible, and the room to accommodate this is created, by stripping out the mechanical steering for steer-by-wire. Along with airbags, much of the dashboard and other front-bulkhead safety-related structure, too, as one can do for a show concept, but we won’t quibble as it looked good and made its point about what may be possible.
On another tip, the ItalDesign-Giugiaro Gea was a considerably larger self-chauffeuring, app-controlled limousine: with four electric motors (one driving each wheel) giving a total 764bhp, reports Autocar. And on a different note altogether, the Italian-American ED Design TorQ: an autonomous – and windowless – high-torque e-racer. Which begs the question of who, in a race of driverless cars, wins? The one with the most intuitive human-machine interaction, apparently; it’s all to showcase V2X/V2V products and AI systems on offer from a technology provider anyway, but a fully-working prototype is under development to demonstrate ‘swarm intelligence’ and other advanced safety-related wares.