In June 2017, NEVS had presented its concept vehicle, the ‘InMotion’, to global media. The purpose of ‘InMotion’, amongst others, was to show how the interiors of future vehicles could be adapted to accommodate a variety of passenger needs; whether individual or communal. ‘InMotion’ is intended to be used in a fully autonomous vehicle fleet.
Since that event, NEVS has been working on the concept in order to making future autonomous vehicles more flexible and purpose-focused.
A more flexible vehicle is needed for tomorrow's traffic solutions
NEVS have recognized that current, and traditionally designed, vehicles have limited use and are not flexible enough for usage at all times. In the future, it is our belief that autonomous vehicles will be part of large fleets, with a focus on operational times becoming the most significant aspect.
NEVS wish to create solutions whose outside remains unchanged over time, while the insides adapt to changing needs. The internal flexibility can be achieved through a system of interchangeable ‘cells’.
NEVS future autonomous vehicles will be based on a common ‘carrier’, available in three sizes. This will serve as the autonomous, driven housing for the ‘cells’, and is intended to remain unchanged over time.
The smallest size will be designed to carry two ‘cells’, the middle size to carry three, and finally the largest size to carry four. The small and medium size ‘carriers’ are intended for low passenger numbers, with the largest aimed towards more moderate numbers, akin to small buses. The traditional ‘top hat’ will belong to the ‘carrier’ and will be partially adapted to specific needs.
NEVS intend for the interior of their solutions to be comprised of different, interchangeable ‘cells’, to meet the varying needs of mobility throughout the day. As an example, during rush hour there is a dedicated need to transport people, whereas during nighttime this need decreases, but NEVS intend to increase utilization such that at these times the vehicles could be used to transport goods.
Furthermore, NEVS’ idea is to create a number of different ‘cells’ that can be used together in the same vehicle as other ‘cells’ that have different purposes. Simple examples such as a singular passenger cell can be adapted for two adults and a child, giving them private space, but a combination of two passenger ‘cells’ can provide a group environment, to hold meetings or other purposes. A passenger ‘cell’ could also be utilizing in conjunction with a good ‘cell’, to enable two purposes to achieved at the same time, and with the same vehicle.
Additionally, the concept of having multiple purposes within the same ‘cell’ is also on topic at NEVS; for example, utilizing a passenger ‘cell’ for goods transportation. The ‘cell’ design is to be defined, and is the next focus area of NEVS.