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29th July 2019, Tokyo

Teijin joins forces with AEV Robotics

AEV showcased its modular autonomous vehicle in Las Vegas this winter. © AEV

AEV showcased its modular autonomous vehicle in Las Vegas this winter. © AEV

At this January’s CES in Las Vegas, Melbourne, Australia-based AEV Robotics (AEV) showcased its modular autonomous vehicle, which the company’s CEO Julian Broadbent describes as “an app store for mobility and transport.”

The concept centres on a universal base onto which a range of upper ‘pods’ can be placed to allow maximum configurability and push down the cost of each individual vehicle.

AEV’s multidirectional, four-wheel steer robotic base is digitally controlled via a programmable interface.

Japan’s Teijin has just formed a joint venture with AEV and over the next two years the two companies will work together on elemental technologies for the envisioned vehicle.

The concept centres on a universal base onto which a range of upper ‘pods’ can be placed. © AEV

The concept centres on a universal base onto which a range of upper ‘pods’ can be placed. © AEV

The agreement is to create lightweight components and solutions for next generation transportation to realize new forms for transportations, with the ageing society.

The new components will use Teijin’s advanced materials such as polycarbonate resin, carbon and aramid fibres, and composites for new structural designs. Teijin will also contribute specialised knowhow for heat management to optimise weight reduction and heat insulation and for sound absorption and apply expertise it has developed in supporting the Kogakuin University Solar Team's participation in the world’s biggest solar car race.

Teijin anticipates that AEV’s modular vehicle system will serve as the foundation for a standard for next-generation vehicles that satisfy the Well-to-Wheel Zero Emissions goal established by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

AEV’s multidirectional, four-wheel steer robotic base is digitally controlled. © AEV

AEV’s multidirectional, four-wheel steer robotic base is digitally controlled. © AEV

Meanwhile, in Japan, the fast-aging society is encountering increasing problems with traffic accidents caused by seniors in urban areas and pedestrian vulnerability in rural areas, as well as traffic congestion, environmental degradation and advancing urbanization in Japan. In response, METI launched its Strategic Commission for the New Automotive Era with the aim of strengthening the global competitiveness of Japan’s automotive industry by developing new approaches to mobility.

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