Ibeo will showcase technology in the new Rinspeed MetroSnap concept vehicle
Together with Ibeo Automotive and other partners, Swiss ideas factory Rinspeed will present what it says is a simple, fast, safe, and cost-efficient transport concept at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020—the Rinspeed MetroSnap. Using the solid-state LiDAR sensor ibeoNEXT and the associated localization system, the MetroSnap is reportedly capable of capturing complex situations in city centers with a wide variety of road users. The vehicle features flexible use of different structures, and aims to fulfill different transport demands for people and goods depending on the time of day and current requirements.
“People are always looking for more convenience and simplicity in their lives—we want to enable this by means of our innovative transport solutions,” explained Frank M. Rinderknecht, CEO of Rinspeed. “The MetroSnap’s interchangeable pods can also significantly reduce the number of road users on the streets.”
“The vehicle is a great example of what sustainable urban mobility can look like,” said Dr. Ulrich Lages, CEO of Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH. “Besides more time for the important things that occur while driving, autonomous electric vehicles can ensure significant relief in metropolitan centers because these vehicles are intelligently networked and navigate autonomously from A to B. As a result, passengers get to their destinations quicker, and customers receive their consignments on time.”
The “4D solid-state” LiDAR sensors from Ibeo are the eyes of the Rinspeed MetroSnap. They enable a 360° field of vision for reliable capturing of the static and dynamic environment around the vehicle platform in 4D resolution. According to the company, this makes the MetroSnap capable of grasping complex situations in city centers involving a wide variety of road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians. The Rinspeed MetroSnap is a Stage 5 autonomous vehicle.
According to the company, the MetroSnap uses a localization approach from Ibeo that is more precise than regular GPS localization. The system also uses a digital map with landmarks that are utilized by LiDAR sensors for geopositioning. This means that the environment captured by the LiDAR sensors is continuously being compared with the landmarks on the map to determine the exact position of the vehicle.
Future mobility as customer focus
The MetroSnap can be used as a decentralized package station that is made accessible to customers in their neighborhood for a specific period of time, for example. Thanks to the distribution of the batteries on the Pod (vehicle body) and the skateboard (chassis) the vehicle no longer needs to be parked for charging. As the company states, charging takes place in a time-efficient manner during cleaning or loading the Pod.
Ibeo will be at CES Las Vegas in the North Hall at Stand #3738, where it will present an exclusive live demo of the new LiDAR sensor. Rinspeed MetroSnap will be in the North Hall at Stand #8516.
Additional information on Ibeo at the CES Las Vegas at: www.ibeo-as.com.
Additional information on the Rinspeed MetroSnap at: www.rinspeed.eu/en/MetroSnap_51_concept-car.html.