Electronics and Semiconductors

CES 2023: Autonomous shuttle with 180 mile range debuts

04 January 2023
The Holon shuttle can carry 15 passengers for both personal and mass transportation, specifically ride hailing and hide pooling.

Holon, a division of Benteler Group, will debut its autonomous, fully electric 180 mile range people mover at CES 2023, being held Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas.

The Holon autonomous shuttle operates autonomously and can reach a speed of 37 mph with passenger transportation as the main market, specifically ride pooling, ride hailing and public transit.

A pilot project has already been announced in Hamburg, Germany, with Hochbah, the country’s second-largest mass transit company. Additionally, mobility-as-a-service vendor Beep will be responsible for implementing the Holon shuttles in the U.S.

The company said other potential use cases for the shuttle include university campuses, airports and national parks where autonomous shuttles have already been gaining traction over the past few years.

"Our mover is an answer to social megatrends: Urbanization, climate change, demographics — mobility needs to change,” said Marco Kollmeier, managing director of Holon. “With our mover, we are proving that emission-free, safe, comfortable and inclusive passenger transportation is possible. And thus provides the answer to traffic problems that are becoming prevalent in cities. We are delighted to unveil the vehicle to the global public today."

People mover

The Holon shuttle is a vehicle that is capable of transporting up to 15 passengers at once. The seating is in an arrangement to provide privacy while maintaining safety requirements, Holon said.

The vehicle features electric double-wing doors with photo-electric sensors and automatic extending ramp with lowering function, allowing wheelchairs to be automatically secured inside the shuttle and there is Braille and an audiovisual guide to support the visually impaired.

The Holon mover includes Level 4 autonomy based on Mobileye’s Drive technology and an advanced sensing system that uses redundant sensors. It also includes a mapping technology and formal model for driving policy. Over-the-air updates will allow the vehicle to be kept up to date with current map information and technology advancements, the company said.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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