While the Link And Go technology platform on display here in Chengdu is that same (aside from the color) as the one from the Geneva Motor Show last year, the big news from the European company is that version 2.0 is being worked on, one that could learn your habits as it drives you from place to place in living room style. Just look at the in-cabin flatscreen TV.
Luk Barthelemy, Akka's program manager, told AutoblogGreen that whereas the original Link And Go has motors above the wheels, and the next iteration will have a steering and propulsion motor on all four corners. These will allow the wheels to turn 90 degrees, making parallel parking about the easiest thing in the world. Of course, you won't need to even do that much, since the Link And Go is an autonomous vehicle that can map the world around it as it goes. It relies on a number of sensors (Akka is testing a number of different kinds, since the vehicle's purpose is to figure out what works and what doesn't, not to result in a production vehicle) and GPS to find its way around. Barthelemy said version 2.0 will be able to "see" 360 degrees around the car, a huge improvement over the forward-looking sensors in 1.0. The Akka team is also rethinking the design of where the doors go and how many there are. Version 1.0 has two sliding doors on the passenger side and a somewhat standard hexagon-shaped driver's side door.
These will allow the wheels to turn 90 degrees, making parallel parking about the easiest thing in the world.
The AI could be programmed to keep track of when the owner usually goes where, and alert him or her if necessary. So, for example, if you always drive your son to gymnastics on Mondays but today there's an accident along the regular route, the car could text you and say you need to leave 15 minutes early to take a detour. Not bad for a little bubble car.
12th Challenge BIBENDUM in Chengdu (China) International Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Park 11 to 15 November 2014
Lyon, 4 November 2014 - AKKA Technologies, the leading European engineering and technology consultancy group, will take part in the 12th Challenge Bibendum, organised by the Michelin Group, from 11 to 15 November 2014 in Chengdu, China. The Group will be present on the stand of its partner Dassault Systèmes, in order to promote innovations in the market for autonomous and connected vehicles.
AKKA Technologies and Dassault Systèmes: responding to the challenges of connected transport
AKKA Technologies and Dassault Systèmes have formed a partnership designed to stimulate innovation in and the growth of connected transport. The two companies share a desire to respond to the increase in demand for connectivity, the challenge posed by the development of Cloud-based automotive services and progress towards a "consumer experience". Intelligent, autonomous vehicles, the result of collaboration between the automotive industry and the digital economy, are a perfect example.
With its LINK&GO technology platform, AKKA Technologies is redefining transport and the way it is used. LINK&GO brings together innovations such as autonomous driving, communications between the vehicle, the driver and the environment and also environmentally and socially friendly transport. It is shaping a clear vision of transport in the heart of the cities of tomorrow.
The international sustainable transport event
Since 1998, Challenge Bibendum has brought together representatives from politics, industry, science and the media over a number of days, during which they can exchange views on sustainable transport challenges and solutions.
The spirit behind Challenge Bibendum is to demonstrate that the capacity for progress in transport is very much alive and that road transport integrated into a multi-modal world has a bright future and benefits for society.
From 11 to 15 November, you will have the opportunity to exchange information with AKKA consultants on innovative transport projects, as well as the full range of AKKA Technologies' work.
Please contact the press office with any requests for information or interviews with AKKA Technologies at the 12th Challenge Bibendum.
About AKKA Technologies
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Let's share our passion for technology."
AKKA Technologies, a European Engineering and Technology Consultancy Group, supports major industrial and service sector clients throughout the various phases of their projects, from R&D and design studies to industrial production. Expertise in a range of complementary fields means that AKKA Technologies can offer real added value to its clients in every market segment, including aviation, automotive, space/defence, consumer electronics, telecommunications, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, steel, energy, rail, marine and the service industry.
Market leader in Germany and France in the automotive and aeronautical industries, and thanks to the mobility of its teams and an international position, AKKA Technologies works on projects at the cutting edge of technology all over the world.
The AKKA Technologies Group has more than 11,000 employees and has a presence in 20 countries: Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France,
Germany, Hungary, Italy, India, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, the U.A.E., the United Kingdom and the U.S.A. AKKA is committed to building a group turning over 1 billion Euros, more than 50% of which will be outside France.
AKKA Technologies is listed on EuronextTM Paris – Compartment B – ISIN Code: FR0004180537. Indices CAC® Small, CAC® Mid & Small, CAC® All-Tradable, CAC® All-Share
More information at www.akka.eu