In General Motors developed the unmanned cargo platform on hydrogen
Unmanned cargo platforms will definitely find its niche in the future. In order to reduce their size and to improve other indicators, the developers of the General Motors decided to remove all unnecessary, abandoning the cockpit and other elements become atavism. Instead of all this, the basic model they left a four-wheel size platform with cargo container, the control program of the autopilot. If desired, here you can put the cabin, equipped with closed body and add to the basic design of several modules.
Developers idea is simple: such automated truck can be used in a variety of conditions, rapidly delivering it to places of natural disasters, on the site, the use of such aggregates in the construction of cell populations for peaceful and military purposes. In the ports and warehouses are automated platform is also useful.
Called SURUS novelty and works on a new hydrogen system developed in conjunction with specialists automaker Honda. In addition, each wheel is connected to its own electric drive, so the platform can independently switch between hydrogen and elektrodvizhkom if necessary. In the future, the developers plan to leave SURUS only electric traction, but while testing the new product in hybrid mode. Already on one battery charge SURUS able to travel about 600 kilometers.
SURUS Platform performs not only the function of cargo, but also helps GM test unmanned own development. In the future, the concern is going to enter into contracts for the supply of SURUS military and the government, but the exact timing, as well as the price has not been disclosed.