NEVS working on self-driving car with 360-degree steering

by admin October 7, 2019 at 9:37 pm
NEVS Protean Urban Mobility Pod

NEVS Protean Urban Mobility Pod

The Chinese-run automaker called National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) is developing what it describes as “urban mobility pods” with 360-degree steering, “kneeling” suspension for easy access and compact proportions to serve busy city markets. 

The 360-degree steering setup was made possible thanks to in-wheel motors developed by Protean, which NEVS acquired back in June. This compact system packages the electric motor and brake assembly inside the barrel of the wheel, which is suspended from the vehicle chassis like a caster and steered from above, rather than via a horizontally mounted rack. 

The lack of a central drive unit allows for a much more open interior cabin. Only the size and shape of the battery pack and the desired ground clearance dictate the height of the vehicle floor, which can also be almost or even completely flat (if the wheels are mounted outboard).