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.