去年，瑞士公司Rinspeed创造了许多野性的概念，并将其即将投入一辆自动驾驶汽车的想法与Oasis分享。现在，它展现了另一种自动驾驶概念 – 乘车共享。正如你所看到的，电动车可以分成两个部分，即“滑板”和“吊舱”。硬件和软件集成在底盘或“滑板”中，而客舱则是“吊舱”部分。由于技术可能会很快变得过时，Snap可以通过切换到新的滑板来更新。移动到车内，车手可以与可旋转到位的显示器进行互动。中心的两个大屏幕提供路线信息或娱乐节目。Snap甚至还有一个机器人来协助乘客。Rinspeed将在下个月的CES展会和日内瓦车展上展示Snap。这体现了在自动驾驶汽车创造上仍有很多可能性。
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TOYOTA REVEALS NEW ROBOT
Toyota really believes that robots will turn into a big business someday. It just revealed the third-generation of its humanoid robot, called T-HR3. It features controls that a human operator wears that allows the robot to mimic movements made by the operator. It also comes with goggles that allow the user to see what the robot sees in 3D and real-time. The goal is to research how robots can interact with humans and assist people at home, in medical facilities, construction sites, or even outer space.
RIDE SHARING COULD REPLACE MOST MILES TRAVELED
General Motors believes it can make a lot of money with ride sharing services, but it all has to do with getting the cost down. Right now the cost for offering rides from Uber or Lyft works out to around 13 to 20 yuan a mile in the US market. That’s kind of a high cost and limits those companies to only 1/10th of 1% of all vehicle miles travelled. But GM says if you get the cost down to about 6.5 Yuan, that opens up the market to 20% of all miles travelled. And if you get it under 6.5 yuan, then ride sharing can compete with 75% of all miles travelled. GM has a plan to get that cost under 6.5 yuan a mile around the year 2025. And it predicts that the market will then be worth hundreds of billions of dollars or 300 times greater than what the ride sharing services earn today.
YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!
Who knew that people driving down the wrong side of the road is such a problem? From 2004 to 2009 the National Traffic Safety Board says about 360 people a year were victims of wrong- way drivers in the U.S. and in Germany, last year alone there were 2,200 radio announcements of wrong way incidents. So ZF came up with a solution. The “Wrong-way Inhibit System” warns drivers with an acoustic signal, seatbelt vibration and an optical signal on the dashboard. Steering wheel resistance will also increase to tell the driver they’re about to go the wrong way. If that doesn’t work, the system will keep the car to the outside edge of a lane, gradually bringing it to a stop, turning on the high beams and hazard lights to warn other drivers. Wrong-way Inhibit will only allow the driver to back up or drive out if there’s room. ZF uses multiple technologies for the system, like detailed maps and cameras that read traffic signs and lane markings.
RINSPEED’S LEGO-LIKE CONCEPT
Last year, Rinspeed, a Swiss company that creates a lot of wild-looking concepts, shared its take on an autonomous vehicle with the Oasis. And now its showing off another self-driving concept for ride-sharing called the Snap. As you can see, the electric vehicle can separate into two pieces, the “skateboard” and the “pod.” The hardware and software are integrated into the chassis or “skateboard.” And the cabin is the “pod” portion. Since technology can quickly become outdated, the Snap can be updated by switching to a new skateboard. Moving to the inside, riders can interact with displays that can be swiveled into position. And two large screens in the center provide route info or entertainment to watch. And the Snap even comes with a robot to assist passengers. Rinspeed will display the Snap at CES next month as well as the Geneva auto show. But this shows there’s a lot possibilities when it comes to creating autonomous cars.
The Wrangler is the most iconic Jeep of them all, with roots that go back to the Second World War. And the latest version is the best one they’ve ever made. They changed everything. New frame, new body, new interior, new powertrains, you name it. The result is a bigger, lighter,more comfortable Wrangler that gets better fuel economy but still retains all its amazing off road capabilities. It’s a more sophisticated Jeep that is much quieter inside and drives much better on the highway. The base engine is the 3.6 liter V6 that gets 20 miles to the gallon. An optional 2-liter turbo will be available later after launch. Not only is it faster than the V6, it will probably get a couple of miles per gallon more, but there are no official numbers yet. A 3-liter diesel will be available sometime in 2019. There’s a choice of an 8-speed automatic, a 6-speed manual, and two different all-wheel drive systems. The Rubicon version has amazing rock crawling capabilities. With the manual transmission, it has an 84.2:1 crawl ratio. The base Wrangler starts at just over $28,000, but you can easily load one up over forty grand. It goes on sale in about four months and it’s going to help Jeep get its sales going because the brand has been down all year long.
And with that we wrap up today’s show. Thank you for watching.
John McElroy is an influential thought leader in the automotive industry. He is a journalist, lecturer, commentator and entrepreneur. He created “Autoline Daily,” the first industry webcast of industry news and analysis.