Northville-based automotive supplier AISIN Group is unveiling its i-mobility Type-C20 autonomous vehicle this week at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. The vehicle is equipped with technologies from three of the company’s focus areas: connectivity, autonomy, and electrification.
The autonomous, bus-like ride-sharing vehicle is designed for future community use and is AISIN Group’s second concept vehicle in as many years to debut at CES.
“We’re pleased to once again participate in CES and unveil our i-mobility Type C-20 concept vehicle, which embodies AISIN Group’s aim to be a single source for technologies and services related to automated driving, connectivity and zero emissions,” says Scott Turpin, president and CEO of AISIN World Corp. of America.
Connectivity comes from an in-cabin monitoring system and location-based data that combine to provide transportation that aligns with specific user needs and destination. The system also connects with external information resources, meaning onscreen graphics can change and respond to rider interest and local attractions.
The driverless vehicle is intended for short destinations, such as local shopping and short commutes. By using a number of sensors, i-mobility Type-C20 detects obstacles outside the vehicle to provide safe and comfortable mobility. A slim, durable AISIN-proprietary electric ramp extends for safe and convenient boarding access for wheelchairs and strollers.
The zero-emission i-mobility Type-C20 uses various AISIN products designed for EVs, such as AISIN’s eAxle; regenerative brake system; electric ramp and lower, rail-free power sliding doors; and heat management and optimal thermal control. These products all allow more space for a larger battery providing extended range.
AISIN Group also will introduce services that use information collected from its wide range of core, functional vehicle products. Examples of services include detecting road surface conditions by using location information platforms (such as the logistics support system based on car navigation technology) and actuator information technology.
To demonstrate personal mobility at CES, AISIN Group will demonstrate its ILY-Ai, the world’s first multi-functional, electric intelligent personal mobility vehicle. ILY-Ai is capable of human image recognition, and its built-in intelligent safety system, which is based on robotics technology, prevents it from colliding with people or objects. With an optimized route search based on vehicle navigation technology, ILY-Ai easily supports users’ travel in a shopping scenario with AI.