DLR to bring prototype of the U-Shift vehicle concept to the show

On-demand shuttle, flexible distribution centre for parcels or mobile shop – with the disruptive vehicle concept U-Shift, the German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is breathing new life into the urban mobility and logistics of tomorrow. As a highlight, DLR will be showing the first drivable prototype at ITS World Congress 2021 in Hamburg
September 15, 2021


This concept’s main feature – it separates the drive unit, referred to as the ‘driveboard’, from the pod-shaped superstructures for passengers or cargo. The U-shaped driveboard houses all technical components and systems. This makes it autonomous, electric, and quiet when on the move. To maximise efficiency, the driveboard can be operated around the clock. The pods, which are much cheaper to manufacture, can be designed for a wide variety of applications.

The driveboard is currently still remote-controlled and is being automated in the current project. The first version of the passenger capsule is equipped with seven fixed seats and one folding seat.

The first U-Shift prototype gives DLR researchers the opportunity to gain initial experience with this disruptive vehicle concept and its diverse application scenarios. The goal is to make tomorrow’s mobility more sustainable, efficient, and comfortable while enabling new products, services and business models to emerge.

Stand B5.220

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