Driving entirely autonomously without a driver at the touch of a button – this feat is achieved by this year’s Concept Car from the Swiss company for new designs and ideas Rinspeed. “sQuba” – a car which Rinspeed boss Frank Rinderknecht claims was inspired by James Bond films – is to be presented for the first time from 6 to 16 March at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Concept Car no longer needs a driver – made possible by laser technology from the Hamburg-based company, Ibeo. Ibeo LUX laser scanners represent the vehicle’s intelligent eyes and safely steer the vehicle through road traffic.
The fact that autonomous driving with the appropriately strong laser sensors no longer represents a pipe dream was displayed at the Darpa Urban Challenge. In this unique race among driverless cars, the majority of all participating vehicles featured Ibeo laser scanners. And each of the three Challenge winners deployed Ibeo laser scanners in their vehicles.
Ibeo managing Director Dr. Ulrich Lages is delighted that Ibeo laser technology is used for the “sQuba”. “The Rinspeed Concept Car is an impressive example of what’s possible today in the area of active driver support using our laser scanners.” Ibeo’s primary objective is to make road traffic safer for all participants, adds Lages. “Our laser sensors permit a variety of driver assistance functions using one single small device, e.g. automatic emergency braking, pedestrian protection, collision protection, traffic jam assistant and others.” Ibeo will start series production of the powerful ibeo LUX sensor in autumn 2008.
About Ibeo Automobile Sensor
Established in 1998, Ibeo Automobile Sensor GmbH employs 38 people at its location in Hamburg and holds more than 70 patents for laser scanner technology. Ibeo is majority-owned by SICK AG, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sensor solutions for industrial applications. SICK AG employs more than 4,400 people at 40 locations all over the world. The company posted sales of 646 million euros in 2006.