They build the first electric car designed for Uber

file image. | Credit: Uber

Electric mobility is increasingly taking a leading role in the world, for example brands that have announced electric models or that have switched entirely to a zero-emission alternative. aware of that, Automaker BYD and ride-sharing company Uber have announced a partnership to create the first electric vehicle designed for shared transportation.

Over the next 24 months, the travel agency Uber will have a fleet of 1,000 electric cars that can be rented to driversThe novelty of the proposal lies in its implementation, as Chile will be the first country to see the new mobility system, starting with its capital.

The D1 will be quiet and emission-free and will be able to carry up to four passengers, along with a range of up to 418 kilometers on a single charge, which can be to 100% topped in about two hours.

At the level of technological progress, the car will have a level 2 driving assistance system, that is, it will have automatic emergency braking, shift warning lane or lane change warning, sensors in the event of a possible collision and an angle prediction system that allows you to determine the direction of the car in the opposite direction, as well as automatically adjustable lighting.

On the safety side and because it is designed for shared trips, the D1 will have four airbags and an acoustic and acoustic analysis system thanks to an AI-assisted communication system.

“We are very happy to be able to join BYD in this alliance which is a further step towards realizing our global commitment to have 100% of journeys on the zero emission platform by 2040. We want to be the allies of cities against climate change, resulting in sustainable transport, ie subscriber, electric and multimedia, ”said Alberto Vignau, general manager of Uber in Chile.

This is not BYD’s only commitment to electric mobility in Latin America. In Colombia, the company owns 90% of the electric taxi fleet in Medellin and more than 40 electric taxis in Bogota. In addition, the D1 model will also be launched in the country. The country will focus on electric taxis in the City of Eternal Spring by the EPM (Empresas Públicas de Medellín) and the municipal administration.

According to Juan Felipe Velasquez, commercial director of BYD Colombia, electric mobility is also an investment opportunity, because thanks to laws such as Decree 846 of December 30, 2019 at the office of the Mayor of Bogotá, and laws such as 1964 of July 11, 2019, these vehicles are exempt from any restriction on daily trips such as rush and license plate, car free day, traffic restrictions due to environmental issues, etc.

In addition to the mobility benefits, electric cars in Colombia have reduced costs such as technical and mechanical examinations, vehicle taxes, preferential parking, etc.

The fleet of robot taxis developed by Google

file image. | Credit: Waymo

The Waymo project is part of the Alphabet group, which is a major subsidiary of Google, the initiative was born in 2009 with the idea of ​​implementing and manufacturing fully autonomous vehicles, and after more than a decade is on the point to start, as the company ends its partnership with automaker Geely to bring the first fleet of fully-autonomous electric taxis to the streets.

Car design will start in Sweden because in this country the Chinese manufacturer has Volvo facilities, the brand that owns it and the idea is to adapt the iconic Zeekr (Volvo electric car) with five doors to equip it. of hardware and software so that it can drive itself.

In a statement, Waymo announced plans to initially deploy these vehicles in the United States over the “next few years.”

The early models of the alliance featured a vehicle designed exclusively to drive itself, without a steering wheel, lever or pedals. It has a low degree of entry and an open design without any spacers between the seats, as well as sliding doors and reclining seats.

The concept will only have one screen as an extension, although it is not known whether it will offer any entertainment or only passengers will have to see the progress of their journey.

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