The Vehicle EO Smart Connecting Car developed in Bremen promises the connection of the advantages of OPNV and individual traffic
At the DFKI Robotics Innovation Center in Bremen, the self-controlling electric automobile EO is currently being developed within the framework of the project "New Mobilitat in the Landscape", which can conclude with others to a roadtrain and thus not only save energy, but also attention. Telepolis talked to Timo Birnschein, which develops the IT for the system.
Mr. Birnschein – What distinguishes the EO from other self-drive cars as they are developed by Google, Audi or BMW?
Timo Birnschein: Oh, much actually. Practical cars with autopilotes are based on normal gasoline or diesel-driven models with automatic transmission. Then the car is controlled via a mechanical or (if present) via response of the CAN bus of the vehicle. So it can be that there "Robotic legs" really get gas and brake. Our car is fully electric, has four drives in the bars and is complete Drive by Wire mobile. So there is no mechanical connection to the vehicle anymore – apart from the brake itself. That’s for emergency trap. Normally, the drives are braked by returning the braking energy. In addition, we can direct both the front and the back – actually you could designate that as the main feature. As a result, we are able to turn on the spot, or even sideways to drive. And should the parking lots be too small, we fold the car just 50 cm together overall our car is not a technical really similar so far. Even normal, commercial e-cars have a central motor, a gearbox and differential – and also axes. All this falls away with us and thus saves a good 500 kg weight. So our car weighs only about 700 kg and is accordingly mobile and efficient.