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Using technology to rethink car usage

Link & Go is a dual-mode, connected, urban, electric car. Innovations developed during this project will help to drive the design changes for future vehicles while reducing the environmental impact of urban transport.

There is as yet no all-electric autonomous city car on the market. Autonomous vehicles either have internal combustion engines and robot drivers, or are experimental low-speed electrically-powered platforms. AKKA Technologies has gone beyond these two approaches to address real needs of drivers.

Link & Go's embedded technologies will prepare users for features of tomorrow's cars by:

  • getting them comfortable with the idea of automatic driving and parking,

  • inventing recharging systems and infrastructures,

  • offering new in-car functions,

  • encouraging car-pooling by connecting vehicles to social networks.

Link & Go was one of the winners of the Call for Projects launched by the General Council of the Yvelines département in 2012, entitled "Smart Cars for the City of the Future". Link & Go is the logical follow-up to AKKA's Astute Car, which won awards in 2010. In March 2013, the Link & Go prototype will be unveiled to the industry and the general public at the Geneva International Motor Show.

AKKA Technologies coordinates a consortium created in the frame of this project. Its members are INRIA (the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control), ControlSys and DBT.

Main innovative technologies

  • Enhanced vehicle-location capability with SLAM and conventional GPS.

  • Directional suspension, offering unequalled mobility and manoeuvrability.

  • Components enabling communication between several of the car's subassemblies, with other cars and with outside infrastructures.

  • Automatic driverless parking in specified spaces. Controlled by smartphone.

  • Asymmetric openings to facilitate accessibility.

  • Graphic interface of the instrument cluster displaying drive and power-management indicators.

  • Full "drive-by-wire" controls: no physical link between driver and functions

  • Graphic interface using augmented reality. This helps reassure users that the vehicle is capable of detecting static or moving objects in its environment and of acting appropriately.

  • Central Human-Machine Interface (HMI), reacting to touch and gestures.


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