The electric robot truck of the future.
We thought that the Tesla Cybertruck and Semi were as futuristic as trucks could get but Chinese internet Giant Baidu has invested some time and capital into its new DeepWay division to create this Xingtu truck. Not only does it look like something out of Blade Runner, but it also can drive completely autonomously.
The heavy-duty truck was penned by design experts Pininfarina with the idea of it being a fully self-developed intelligent new energy truck in China. Using 11 onboard cameras, an infrared detector, 0.2-inch-wave radars, and a LiDar sensor, it claims that the new creation offers end-to-end autonomous driving and ultra-long-range detection of more than 0.6 miles.
"Autonomous driving must use advanced driverless technology to create new products that offer the ultimate experience in order to achieve commercial success," said Yunpeng Wang, vice president and general manager of autonomous driving technology at Baidu. "We aim to create value in real-life scenarios such as transporting people, delivery, and life services. This new generation of vehicles is by no means just a modified truck - it's a robot truck."
DeepWay says that the first generation of its product offers four core advantages. This includes deep intelligence, performance, design, and space. Intelligence is provided by the aforementioned autonomy structure while performance is catered to via a 450 kWh battery pack. This unit can carry 49 tons of cargo for 186 miles on a single charge. Using a single current output, its battery can be replenished in just under one hour.
If you're really in a rush, the Xingtu supports a nifty battery swap system that can have a new unit fitted in just six minutes. Thanks to Pininfarina's design skills, the truck's shape boasts a drag coefficient figure of 0.35 which is complemented by a lightweight battery and chassis design. Using unique Italian philosophies, the tech company also states that this heavy truck is safer and more stable to operate than conventional rigs.
Seeing that the Xingtu will essentially be a mobile home to some of its users while on the job, the Pininfarina-designed cabin has been designed to offer lots of space. The environment is equipped with an intelligent voice assistant, a large touchscreen infotainment system, and comfortable seats and beds. The concept is still under development but DeepWay says a final product can be expected in the coming years.