Former top executives of BMW have built an unmanned Shuttle

Former top executives of BMW have built an unmanned Shuttle


Canoo California startup, founded by immigrants from BMW and Faraday of the Future, presented its first project – an electric Shuttle Canoo. The monocab will be released on the US market and China in 2021 and will be distributed by subscription only.

Their offspring guide Canoo calls post-SUV: with a full-size crossover electric car have in common a high rise and a useful amount of interior space, but everything is much more compact package. Sort of the Volkswagen Microbus of the XXI century. Platform – traditional electric models “skateboard”, which posted to electronics and even air conditioning system; the body is a steel frame with panels of thermoplastic material and a fully transparent cockpit canopy.

The guide Canoo – three people from BMW: Ulrich Kranz previously worked as a Manager of the German mark, Richard Kim painted the BMW i3 and i8, Stefan Krause held the position of Director of sales and marketing.


In motion Canoo leads mounted on the rear axle 304-horsepower electric motor. It feeds the traction battery with a capacity of 80 kilowatt-hours support fast charge: up to 80 percent of the battery can be filled in 28 minutes. The reserve, 402 km. Feature of Shuttle – axle suspension with transverse leaf springs made of composite, like old Chevrolet Corvette.

In the cabin installed Canoo U-shaped sofa specifically for it startup has developed a unique airbag system with protection against head injuries. Touch screens, as is the case with other manufacturers, no information is displayed on the led of the transverse “beam” in front of the windshield. The first time after launch the Shuttle will be offered with semi-Autonomous control system. It is based on data received from seven cameras, five radar and 12 ultrasonic sensors, and also monitors the attention level of the driver. Autopilot fourth level will appear after the commercialization of technology.

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Collect Canoo will plant in the United States. Shuttle plan to sell only by subscription: the monthly fee will cover the cost of registration, maintenance, insurance and charging. The amount of investment in the project has already amounted to about one billion dollars.

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