Peter Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx market research company : “Years ago I pointed out that the 100 or so manufacturers of car- like specialist electric vehicles should not design every one from scratch but have a common platform. They make no attempt to standardise. The industry is ridiculously fragmented. Altreonic’s KURT vehicle is one of the first that has the potential to overcome this uneconomic fragmentation”.
Dr. Bodo Schwieger from Team Red (an international consultancy firm on mobility and transport), stated in an interview: “Amongst the mobility solutions of 150 providers we evaluated, the modularity of the KURT concept is unique”.
Altreonic has released a first video clip showing off the capabilities of the KURT first laboratory prototype using pre-production components. More videos will follow after we have finished assembling first vehicles (in progress).
Altreonic presented its KURT e-vehicle for urban mobility at the City Car Summit in Berlin. The KURT concept is an enabling solution for urban mobility by its modular and scalable design. It takes into account many of the issues with existing electric vehicles by a radical design concept that takes the benefits offered by electric propulsion into account from the very beginning. The result is an astonishing new type of Light Electric Vehicle that covers multiple classes in the L category. More information on the City Car Summit 2016 website. See Altreonic’s presentation here.
Developing the KURT vehicle has resulted also into a number of significant enhancements to Altreonic’s supporting tools. The KURT controller software runs on the VirtuosoNext RTOS. To enhance safety and security, all Tasks and memory regions are protected from each other, yet it runs on a modest ARM M-series controller with little memory. As VirtuosoNext is a distributed operating system, the application runs replicated on the four controlling nodes of the KURT self-propelled platform. The GoedelWorks platform is used to keep track of all engineering data in a traceable way. In line with the methodology, the KURT vehicle can also be remotely monitored through a smartphone or mini-tablet (that functions as driver’s vehicle dashboard).
This allows a central server to keep track of the vital vehicle parameters (battery, temperature, speed and location) in real-time. The vehicle operator can then use the data for e.g. fleet management, vehicle scheduling, preventive maintenance, trip management but also to detect abnormal situations like irresponsible driving. And last but not least, it provides a way to have two-way communication using text messages between the driver and the dispatching center.
With this development, VirtuosoNext has now a gateway to the IoT (internet of things) world with more developments providing support in this emerging domain, that is more limited by the imagination than by the state of the technology. GoedelWorks also sets a step forward as the remote monitoring database allows linking the engineering data with life-cycle data.
Altreonic has been showcasing the KURT production prototype at Autotechnica 2016 in Brussels Expo from 20st to 23rd March 2016. Altreonic was guest at the TRAXIO booth. Traxio is the Belgian federation of the automotive industry in Belgium. We had the pleasure to welcome the Federal and Flemish ministers of Mobility, Mme Galant and Mr. Weyts.
The exhibition was cut short following the blind terror attacks on 22nd March in Brussels. All our sympathies to all victims of this senseless violence.