When you take a look at the prototype for AEV Robotics’ modular driverless vehicle it’s hard not to see the future of transport.
But according to co-founder and CEO of AEV Julian Broadbent, that future isn’t as far off as it might seem.
Melbourne-based AEV Robotics is currently in Las Vegas at the home of emerging tech: CES 2019.
The company is showcasing its unique modular autonomous vehicle solution which Broadbent describes as the app store for mobility and transport.
In a nutshell, AEV have developed a robotic base that is digitally controlled via a programmable interface. Each base is lightweight, electric, four-wheel steer and multidirectional.
On top of this base sits what AEV call a “pod”. What’s exciting about the pod system is the almost limitless potential of the technology.
The company, just three years old, has already conceptualised a variety of pods that could sit on top of the base ranging from people-moving spaces to delivery vans, grocery stores and medical assistance vehicles. Broadbent says that instead of making traditional cars autonomous, AEV is rethinking what a vehicle can actually be. “Instead of adding technology to upgrade traditional cars, we’ve started form a clean sheet and built a completely new type of vehicle,” says Broadbent.
“There is an urgent need to rethink the way we move people, deliver goods and address on demand markets in cities.”The reaction from the masses at CES 2019 has been positive according to Broadbent who says they’ve been in contact with a number of major players looking to develop solutions to sit on top of AEV’s robotic base.”As a nice analogy, we kind of see the base as a bit like the Apple App store and the pods are a bit like a physical app,” says Broadbent.”The whole notion of a physical app is really starting to resonate with […]