project

a modular
vehicle concept
for tomorrow

Modular Vehicle Concept | Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (DLR)

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  • customer

    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V. (DLR)

  • task

    Overall design development to show car

  • year

    2021

vision

urban
mobility
& logistics

The autonomous, driverless, electric vehicle concept U-Shift enables a new type of modularity by separating the driving module from the transport capsule, thus creating new intermodality, new products, and business models. In combination with various types of capsules, the drive module can be used to transport both passengers and goods. Examples of applications include autonomous, electromobility night delivery, autonomous intra-logistics, and barrier-free passenger transport.

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construction

AUTONOMOUS FLEXIBLE STANDARDIZABLE

The autonomous and electric drive module integrates all components and systems necessary for driving. In addition to the electrical drive, battery, and automation components, the Driveboard has an integrated lifting system for the simple and fast replacement of different types of capsules. The capsules are changed "on-the-road", i.e. during operation, to enable new traffic and mobility services. Due to the low-noise night operation and the high degree of utilization, the drive module is non-stop operational.

project

Smart
Design

The capsules are only equipped with the most necessary technical equipment and can therefore be produced cost-effectively. The use ranges from passenger transport (people mover, private capsule) to commercial transport (delivery transport, service, recyclable capsule). The construction is light and cost-efficient and therefore easy to implement in any form.

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FIRST IDEATION SKETCHES AND RENDERINGS

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Making of

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project

next
generation of
automation

Automation is much more closely linked to the infrastructure than current Cooperative Auto-mated Driving (CAD) approaches. U-Shift takes automation to the next level - Managed Automated Driving (MAD) is a key element of this:

  • Protection via infrastructure sensors
  • Management via the traffic control center
  • Optimized use of road infrastructure
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making of

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Projects

2017 | Borgward Isabella Showcar

2017 | Daimler Supplier Award