Robotaxi from Russia can Accommodate Six Passengers – Russia is not to be outdone by other countries that are producing companies with their self-driving car plans. And Russia has begun to seriously work on self-driving vehicles through companies in its country. Manufacturers from a country that is at war with Ukraine is making Robotaxi that can load six passengers at once, others pass.
The average company that builds robotaxi or autonomous taxis realize their existence by installing autonomous components in existing cars. Almost all companies do this. Is this the same as the robotaxi from Russia?
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Robotaxi from Russia can Accommodate Six Passengers
Apparently, this Russian company does not do the same with manufacturers from other countries. SberAutoTech, the automotive ecosystem company of the Russian subsidiary of Sberbank, has developed a completely new autonomous taxi car. They hardly resemble developments from other country manufacturers.
The autonomous taxi car is called FLIP. The factory-built FLIP using an electric car platform developed by SberAutoTech. SberAutoTech claims the FLIP battery change only takes five minutes and is able to continue the journey faster than conventional cars.
Not only about the battery, but FLIP also offers cabin spaciousness that is not found in the existing car-based robotaxi. These is two breakthroughs at once. How can they make this happen?
They made this happen by designing a tall box-shaped FLIP. Furthermore, with this design, they can eliminate traditional car controls. If we look at this, we can think of FLIP as a walking box.
As a result, FLIP can load six passengers at once in one trip even though the dimensions are the same as a compact car. With a large number of passengers, making FLIP a self-driving vehicle that is very feasible for public transportation later.
FLIP can drive autonomously using a combination of data from LIDAR, RADAR, and cameras that monitor road conditions. In addition to these components, FLIP also supports Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-X (V2X) capabilities to communicate with other FLIPs or road infrastructure.
Then for FLIP navigation, SberAutoTech cooperates with 2GIS navigation service. Meanwhile, for passenger services, FLIP can be accessed using a customer application that has facial recognition and an assistant called Salute.