French Technology Company REVA2, To Showcase The First Clean Energy Transportation System Combining Automated Public and Individual Use
Nice, France. December 2, 2016 – With the potential to drastically reduce traffic, accidents, and our carbon footprint, self-driving cars present a bright future for our environment and our economy.
Although the technology for self-driving cars has been developed, why haven’t we seen them on the road yet? The answer is simple — there is no system in existence that can guide these cars safely through busy city streets …
With a view toward the total disruption of public and private transportation as we know it today, France-based technology company REVA2 (www.reva2.eu) has designed the first clean energy transportation system that combines automated public and individual use. It’s a concept that – once finalized and adopted by major metropolitan areas – will essentially bring a 22nd century concept of public transit into our world.
The user will start by booking a REVA2 vehicle on his or her smartphone/tablet/pc/kiosk and wait – potentially only a matter of minutes – as a self-driving car is automatically dispatched to the user’s location. Once the vehicle arrives, the user (and users) will enter a cabin configured entirely for passenger use, and the ride is underway. Designed to emerge as a major innovation in the self-driving car industry, the vehicle will follow a guiding thread – also developed by REVA2 – known as the Blue Line System, which allows for the use of fully automated vehicles without assistance from a driver. Should the user wish to travel to a part of the city in which the guiding thread has not been installed – or beyond the city limits – the driver’s seat will swivel to allow access to a traditional vehicular configuration for side-street or intra-city personal transport.
A city, if they sign with REVA2, shall commit to the city-wide installation of the guiding thread. The thread will be glued onto the road like standard road signaling strips and includes state-of-the art RFID chips which allows for precise positioning of each vehicle and the ability to collect and send real-time updates to its central system. And when multiple fares follow a similar route, the REVA vehicles will “link” to form a train configuration, traversing the city streets.
“REVA2 is definitely poised to change the way people travel within an urban environment,” said REVA2 CEO, Fabrice Brassart. “And while it’s a concept that may seem like it’s still a century or two away, we are actually far closer to this sort of environment than people think.”
Already in conversation with city administrators in France and the United States as well as potential Blue-Line manufacturers, with plans to implement demonstrator programs in select communities by 2018. Brassart recognizes that while several obstacles still require negotiation, the desire for this service will most certainly help fuel the product’s development.
“For one thing, I hear a lot of people saying that they don’t want to lose the ability to drive when self-driving cars come on the market, but on the other hand agree that self-driving vehicles offer major economic and safety benefits,” Brassart said. “As a result, REVA2 offers two modes of operation: full electric / automated mode, for trips within cities fitted with the guiding thread as well as a hybrid / standard mode for personal driving.
“Essentially, REVA2 is capable of leaving the city and making trips in the suburb.”
Still in its early stages of development, REVA2 will showcase the Blue Line System at CES in Las Vegas, January 5-8, 2017 from the Eureka Park Marketplace in Hall G, Booth #50833 at the Sands Expo Center.