World’s first modular self-driving car

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World’s first modular self-driving car
« on: July 19, 2017, 07:03:43 PM »
Trying to find a car that matches your style is no easy task.

But a new modular driverless vehicle that is described as a ‘blank sheet of paper’ could be the solution to meeting people’s varying styles.

The ‘Edit’ self-driving vehicle is made up of five parts, allowing users to create different configurations of the same vehicle both in terms of style and use.

The Edit vehicle was designed by Hong Kong based OSVehicle, who wanted to make a self-driving car for everyone.

Alessandro Camorali, CEO of OSVehicle said: ‘EDIT is designed for the future, five parts define the whole volume so everyone can easily have more configurations of the same vehicle both in terms of use, style, and recognizability.

‘The intention was to create a “non form”, a blank sheet of paper, where people can develop their own ideas.

‘Because design must not be an imposition but a participation.’

The modular technology allows users to easily embed several autonomous driving technologies, including lidars and sensors.

The firm describes this as ‘BYOSDCACH’ – Bring Your Own Self Driving Code And Custom Hardware Stack.

The cars are expected to last more than 20 years, as modules can be replaced.

On its website, OSVehicle said: ‘EDIT’s modular technology enables the easy replacement of key components such as electric motor and battery pack, which allow vehicles to last 10X longer than traditional cars.’

Edit can also be customised by brands, both in the exterior body and the interior.
Described as ‘Vehicle-as-a-Service’, this allows companies to quickly deliver models tailored for each service and country.

OSVehicle said: ‘With the rise of food delivery, ride and car sharing, vehicles should focus on the service brand and its needs, not the car brand.’

The body is divided into five main parts – front, rear, roof and double symmetrical door, optimizing production and decreasing costs.

OSVehicle said: ‘A friendly shape, easily transformable according to the needs of the customer that could help the transition towards a different layout of the autonomous driving cars of the future.

‘Easy to repair and upgrade to transition faster to a zero emission and zero fatality mobility.’

The interior can provide different settings from level one to five of autonomous driving.
In a level five version, there is a face-to-face seating layout with a table in the central area.

It is unclear when the car will be available, or how much it will cost.
Sunjida Khan
Department of Business Administration
Faculty of Business & Economics