METROSNAP, AN ADVANCED STUDY FOR LAST-MILE TRANSPORT
From 7 to 10 January 2020, Rinspeed will be presenting the MetroSnap, an advanced study for last-mile transport, for the first time at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. It is a follow-up from the Snap concept vehicle presented by Rinspeed at the CES 2018. The electric, autonomous vehicle consists of two parts, a chassis (“Skateboard”) and an interchangeable body (“Pod”).
This concept vehicle microSNAP has been further optimized for near-series application with the help of Eberspaecher in the fields of thermal management, connectivity, and electronic switch systems. An additional Energy Storage System from Eberspaecher which is independent of the traction battery enables the MetroSnap to have an autonomous energy supply – and thus a greater electrical range. Swiss company Rinspeed has two pods available, the Pax-Pod for passenger transport and a Cargo-Pod.
The six-seat Pax-Pod is designed for quick and easy passenger transport. Eberspaecher is responsible for the space-saving split air-conditioning system and the latest generation of electric air heater.
The Cargo-Pod makes the autonomous transport of goods possible. Eberspaecher cooling and heating containers provide the necessary temperature for the goods on board. To ensure the traction battery isn’t burdened and a greater electrical range is achieved, the Pods are equipped with an Eberspaecher Energy Storage System for autonomous energy supply to the heating and cooling systems.
Connectivity for and with the pods is provided by the Eberspaecher app with which fleet operators can view information about the systems, control the temperature, or use GPS tracking to call up both the location of the vehicle and the Energy Storage System’s charge level. High-performance switches from the ADSS family (Autonomous Drive Safety Switches) ensure the safety that’s needed in autonomous traffic. They are designed for the high requirements of autonomous driving up to Level 5, where the vehicle takes over all driving functions and guarantees the seamless operation of functions that are relevant to safety.