Robotic Shuttle Leaders Pull Forward


Local Motors with its robotic shuttle Olli is progressing at a breakneck pace making others – well – pedestrians. This truly symmetrical (no u-turn) all-round machine has the essential large sliding doors for people with disabilities and quick entry / exit. Purpose-built, providing easy setup for inpatients on beds, etc. Printed in 3D, its Protean Electric wheel motors provide vector traction in inclement weather and Local Motors is even advancing airless tires.
In an industry first, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has developed a non-pneumatic (airless) (NPT) tire and wheel assembly to support the transportation of autonomous vehicles in an urban environment. It is soon being tested with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority on Local Motors Olli 2.0 AV in collaboration with Beep, Inc. In the process, Local Motors has just announced a partnership with Liftango to create on-demand routing and support software. / drop off passengers for Olli 2.0.
IDTechEx reports predicted these things and the latest, “Robot Shuttles for Smart Cities 2021-2041” has many more to come from Teslas in this industry. For example, side docking and full microLED advertising and, after 2030, 6G signal routing surfaces will both provide additional revenue. In 2021, another EasyMile leader licensed Sono Motors to use structural solar power – monocrystalline silicon sandwiched in polycarbonate to replace the top and sides of the load-bearing body as seen on the Sion car. It eliminates paint and reduces burden and cost.

Some smart shuttle developers with much larger investments show little sign of such innovation and optimization. They ignore cities that demand the empowerment of people with disabilities and low income, standing and carrying 15 to 25 people in people mode to minimize the road footprint. A bad idea is four crushed together in a small box without luggage. Developers who adapt big golf cars or van type minibuses are completely missing the point. Robotaxis are self-driving cars used only for mobility as a MaaS service. When a golf car, van, or minibus is called a robotic shuttle or robotic shuttle, it’s a marketing trick, nothing more.

Endera has started converting Aladdin Parking airport shuttles in the United States to battery-powered electric buses, which is commendable. They don’t claim to have anything to do with robotic shuttles where the word shuttle refers to the symmetrical shape for going up and down paths and in malls, not the short repetitive ride.
On the multi-use side, Toyota has its e-Palette robot shuttle. Much like an artist’s palette, it lets you create a lot of things. Toyota is even creating a smart city around this concept of a whole new form of transportation that can go from mobile restaurant to mobile library, utility workshop and last mile freight delivery for example. .
Some have modular trays for this and, if necessary, reuse several times a day; for example, running the school bus in bright yellow, then competing with Uber and modernizing parcel courier companies. To this end, Toyota has developed an operations management system for e-Palette vehicles based on the Toyota Production System (TPS) ideology. This operations management system will be provided as new functions on the Toyota Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) * 2 and will include the Autonomous Mobility Management System (AMMS), for vehicle connection and e-Palette task allocation platform (e-TAP).
Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, adds: “We only consider 12 of the 39 projects that we present as serious leaders with such vision and progress. Toyota is partnering with REE Automotive in Israel which has an exceptionally wide vehicle platform and flat wheel arches and wheels. This allows rapid reuse with modules. Auve Tech in Estonia targets the elimination of waste, not just people and parcels, by reusing its robotic shuttles. Dubai promises 4,000 robotic shuttles deployed by 2030, starting with MaaS applications and GM says its Cruise The robotic shuttle is chosen. Significantly, GM sees its lightweight version serve as a commercial delivery van, easily replacing the streetcar doors on the side with a larger rolling garage door to access packages. He hopes to launch both capacities in 2022. We applaud They are complementary to the parallel deployment of electric fixed-wing aircraft with vertical take-off and landing as these will mainly go beyond the city. We also have a report on this. “


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Top image: Local Motors’ Olli 2.0 rendering. Source: Local Engines


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