fisker driverless shuttle bus

Fisker to launch driverless shuttle bus in 2018

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Fisker and China’s Hakim Unique Group have revealed a fully electric driverless shuttle bus, called Orbit, which is designed to ferry passengers around the smart cities of the future.

Fisker claims it already manufactures electric vehicles (EVs) with “some of the longest EV ranges”, a necessity for taxi-like vehicles that are driving continuously throughout the day.

The shuttle bus represents the first joint project between the two companies and details are relatively scant.

Early pictures of the vehicle shows a boxy design that maximises space and the number of passengers that can fit at any one time.

There's also a large digital display that tells commuters when the shuttle departs and what its next stop will be.

Fisker said it will begin delivering the first Orbit electric autonomous shuttles by the end of 2018.

“Our tireless work at Fisker Inc. has never just been about the design and development of our own compelling electric vehicles, but exploring new frontiers in technology across multiple industries for the advancement of human mobility and progression of society as a whole,” said CEO Henrik Fisker.

“The combination of our breakthrough automotive technology, design prowess and unique vantage point as industry revolutionaries is powerful,” he added, in relation to the partnership with Hakim Unique Group.

“I am very excited about making the impossible possible with intelligent urban ecosystems – starting with the development of one of the world’s most forward-thinking and uniquely designed electric, autonomous shuttles: the Fisker Orbit.”

Fisker is largely known for creating luxury EVs that are out of the price range of most car buyers.

The company is expected to debut its Fisker Emotion next month at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

The luxury EV boasts a range of over 650kms and a base price of $129,000 (£96,000).

In July, Taiwan started trialling its first driverless electric bus, which is capable of carrying up to 12 passengers.

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