The Future of Urban Mobility Unveiled at CES 2019

Schaeffler premieres their ideas for the future of movement in cities.
Jessica Miley

Technology is rapidly changing the way our cities look and the way in which we interact with them. This is no more evident than in transportation.

Autonomous electric vehicles are becoming more commonplace ranging from passenger cars to autonomous mass transport. 

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Las Vegas this week Schaeffler will unveil even more innovation for the mobility of the future.

As part of its CES stand, the company will showcase ideas for digital transformation, connectivity, and electric mobility billed as “Solutions for the City of the Future.”

Schaeffler moves into full production solutions

Schaeffler is in the process of transition from an automotive and industrial supplier to a developer of proprietary mobility solutions. “The mobility world of tomorrow will be as diverse as the people that desire to be mobile,” says Prof. Peter Gutzmer, Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer at Schaeffler.

“Three concept vehicles – including a world premiere – and other smart system solutions that Schaeffler presents its innovation prowess with here at CES show how particularly personal, zero-emissions as well as autonomous and connected mobility for transporting people and goods is able to continue to evolve in urban areas.”

Bio-Hybrid rethinks urban mobility

The company's SEO stand will present their ideas in three parts, the introduction of the Bio-Hybrid transportation system, the introduction of the 4 Performance concept vehicle as well as a range of concepts and ideas for digital transformation, connectivity and electric mobility for our future cities. 

Schaeffler's Bio-Hybrid is a new form of personal urban mobility that basically re-invents the electric bike. Schaeffler says they have taken all the advantages of a bike and got rid of all the disadvantages such as instability.

They describe the Bio-Hybrid as a car based on an e-bike powertrain. It is essentially weather protected four-wheel bike that can be powered by battery or pedaling. It can carry, one or two people.

It also comes in a pick-up or transport version, that looks adorably like a small semi-truck. The driver sits at the front of the bike with a built-in cab at the back. It is super stable on its four wheels and is narrow enough to be used in bike lanes.

Robocabs will take over urban logistics

The second big announcement was the unveiling of an autonomous mobility network that uses ‘robocabs’. Schaeffler says that the logistics industry will be the first sector to fully embrace autonomous vehicles. Taxi’s and people movers will be the other big area.

The Future of Urban Mobility Unveiled at CES 2019
Source: Schaeffler

Schaeffler's idea is to have a fleet of tiny robocabs that can accommodate 4 standing or sitting adults, the fully autonomous cabs have a flexible chassis so that the cab can be replaced from the passenger version to a logistics version that can carry goods or more specific applications like mobile postage and mobile pharmacies.

Nico Rosenberg the former Formula 1 driver is teaming up with Schaeffler to promote the chassis-based system.

The final big announcement comes in the form of the 4ePerformance concept vehicle. The concept car shows how modern motorsport technology can be applied to production cars.

The fully-electric vehicle is powered by four Formula E motors with a total power output of 880 kW (1,200 PS) that come from the ABT Schaeffler FE01 Formula E racing car.

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