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In focus 06/2017: For a congestion-free future

EDAG develops vehicles with swarm intelligence for urban use

Collectivio was the first live engineering project in the history of the IAA, which was demonstrated in Frankfurt by EDAG, Wiesbaden. The aim of the project was to create a smart robot vehicle, that would not just transport people, but offer other functionalities for work and leisure, all this to make more extensive use of autonomous driving. 

During the creation process, the public could send their ideas via social media using hashtag collectivio, to the EDAG development team, in order to create a collective contribution to the mobility concept. More than 1,000 ideas were sent to the team. With the "Scrum" development method, in addition to being able to capture all this momentum, it was possible to implement the ideas in an efficient and flexible manner and in very short time.

By the end of the IAA, the team had produced a complete, true-scale model which moved autonomously around the track at the EDAG stand, and was able to receive and carry out its first orders via voice control.

The design of a classic car had great importance, the new control elements via voice and sensors even more. The question about the cost of the car was also discussed. The option to reduce the price could be made, for example, by the release of personal data. Thus advertising agencies could use this data for their advertisements and so making mobility at no cost possible.

Many designs were made and changed according to the ideas received and then the final design was chosen via voting on the Social Web. "The community feedback has apparently shown that people want more comfort and a relaxed atmosphere in the Collectivio; Sportiness and agility were not a priority, "said designer Tom Hasenauer.

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