Atticus 4P is a safe, sustainable and automated solution for mobility, car sharing, and an active lifestyle.
Paulo Camasmie, an engineer by trade, is said to have begun building his version of an electric vehicle in his garage following the injury of his sister in an auto accident, with the goal of integrating a variety of safety features, eventually including autonomous driving, into the design. The Atticus Robocar could be produced as early as 2020, with a purchase price of about $25,000, but there’s still a long way to go to get to a production model.
According to the website, the current vehicle, dubbed 4P, is built on an aluminum chassis, measures about 157 inches long, and will weigh in at about 2200 lb, including the battery. This lightweight vehicle could hold up to 4 people (up to 6 in a larger version), although different configurations for seating may allow for fewer people and more cargo area, and the design integrates a built-in paddleboard rack on top, a “bike drawer” for hauling transportation and recreation gear, and a side-entry trunk. The battery pack, which fits directly under the chassis in what’s called the ‘skateboard’ format, is said to be capable of a 93-mile range and is designed to be easily swappable in lieu of charging.
Camasmie envisions that once full autonomous capabilities are mature, the Robocar could eventually be a “100% automated pod” that could be used for local transportation. According to the Robocar website, “full autonomy will be achieved with off the shelf systems already being developed by major suppliers,” and the current focus is for the vehicle to use ‘semi-autonomous’ technology to protect its passengers, as well as the cyclists and pedestrians along its path.
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