This is a project that I created to inspire and alleviate issues of global warming and safety caused by current conventional human-driven cars. Atticus is a safe, sustainable and autonomous solution for urban transportation and an active lifestyle. It is designed to be ethically produced. This system counts on Vehicle to Vehicle ( V2V ) and Vehicle to Infrastructure( V2I ) communication, with human drivers 100% off the loop, so that a more deterministic approach to planning could be used, rather than a purely probabilistic one.
I hope that this project will inspire you. If you have questions,
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What if there was an electric robotic car, that we could own or hail, with our family and friends, that had a built in board rack and bike drawer, that would take us, and keep everyone around, safely to our destination?
Initially, semi autonomous technology will guard the occupants, pedestrians and cyclists; analogously to a horse protecting its rider and others from danger. As systems gets updated, Atticus will become a 100% automated pod, along with every other car on the road. The current development of autonomous technology has to be unified, shared by all companies, so that the whole system works safely to everyone. This is not an area for competitive advantages.
Modular battery on rollers for quick swap through front opening. Centralized battery mass improves yaw response as a balance to the long wheel base - required for ample room and low overhangs.
Central battery actually allows lower center of gravity of passengers in relation to ground. Small battery pack weight <120Kg for increased overall vehicle efficiency. weight occupants/ total weight of vehicle x vehicle efficiency = total efficiency Meaning: Lightweight is key. A heavy vehicle will be inefficient from the get go, no matter what propulsion or form of energy it uses. Atticus starts with right battery size & weight. As new battery technology is developed, the range increases.
Designed as a true electric car. Independent rear motors with electronic differential. Efficient, simple, low maintenance & lightweight belt drive reduction gear. Designed for Assembly & Manufacturing.
Double wishbone suspension front and rear for comfort and stability. Packaging designed inside out most logically. Central tunnel allows for arm rest, entertaining center, and partitioning for further privacy during car sharing.
Convenient side trunk accesses, for side walk access in urban centers. Modular platform, options: 2 passenger, truck, 'R' performance version, or 6 passenger mini bus for automated local public transportation.
Vehicle total length = 4 meters Total Weight 1000Kg with battery Range est. 150Km Acceleration 0-100Km/h est. 7.5 sec Maximum Speed 110Km/h Small battery pack = Higher vehicle efficiency. It fully benefits of electric vehicle concept: by plugging it in every night, there is no need for hauling unnecessary weight around. Roads with magnetic induction technology, our favorite technology, and a very small battery buffering pack is the ultimate energy goal.
There is no car or autonomous pod like that. So let's just build one!
Prototype chassis built with modular extrusion from 'Item' (Germany) with high torsional stiffness. Actual production chassis will be built with proprietary aluminium extrusion and friction stir welding process on a robotic arm, in order to avoid warpage typical of welded structures.
Uses principles of conservation of energy, calculating the average speed within each context, without unneeded acceleration or less than perfect power regeneration during abrupt deceleration. The best way to conserve energy, is to keep it unused in the first place!
24 months later, running chassis and all automated functionality are ready. The body panels will be done in collaboration with upcoming partners. Fully autonomy will be achieved with off the shelf systems already being developed by major suppliers. This technology will be shared by everyone.
In the near future, you won't drive your car more than you drive your train. Auto companies have to start shipping all cars will collision avoidance now. Later all cars will be connected to each other with Vehicle to Vehicle and Vehicle to Infrastructure communication. Optimization algorithms working at a systemic level will be much safer than each car independently using its own AI processors based on probability and deciding who lives. Safety is a human right that belongs to everyone.
A low car provides superior aerodynamics, stability and fuel efficiency. Cars are huge, because other cars are huge. It is similar to everyone standing to watch a game. Let's all seat low and be efficient and nice to each other and the environment.
Humans will be able to do what they do best, enjoy the view, talk and look at each other again. Walk and ride their bikes safely on the streets, with quite and safe cars. Atticus can always be loaded on trains of the future for long distances, or just call for one at your destination. As cars get cleaner and quieter, they can go into certain indoor environments greatly affecting the architecture of urban centers. Be part of that future!
VIDEOS IN ACTION
The very first ride
Very first ride of Atticus 4P (four passengers) model electric robotic car. On a quaint street in the US.
Light, pick up, paddle board rack, bike rack, doors opening. Thank you function all systems ending.
The voice commands are conceptual. Bonus video
going to the beach
Gearing up with paddle boards, paddles, and bikes.
When brought onto the team to create a branding for Atticus Motors I had recently graduated with a graphic design degree from the Academy of Art University. Living in the home base of start up company's of the Bay Area of California. Startups were something I have been wanting to get into. For me helping someone to start something from from day one to possibly become something great.
This design is meant to be simple in design and look new age. Using only triangles to develop the logo, I wanted the logo to look 3 dimensional whether it was on paper or a website. Then to really pop with it's ridged edges when it was put onto a vehicle.Great enjoyment came from working on this project and I think the outcome is something that will overall be extraordinary and something for the future to look forward to.
I am currently a 6th term Transportation design student at Art Center College of Design. I placed second in the world wide designing for the future competition for Ford Motor company. I have received scholarship to attend ACCD for college to follow my passion of being a car designer! While working on the Atticus project my main goal was to keep the shape as pure as possible but still expressive. Through the design process I began with more of an organic feel but felt it was necessary to stick to the package. It became essential that I dial in on making a strong graphic for both front and rear without interrupting the simplicity of the form. and allowing Atticus to be what it was always intended for both interior and exterior.
Originally from Florida, Dutch American, and currently studying Automotive Design at ArtCenter In Pasadena, CA.
The inspiration for the design of Atticus came from the simplicity of what Paulo Camasmie envisioned it to be. Taking cues from successful brands that practice minimalism and applying them in a unique way and on a unique platform. The goal was to design an exterior that was functional over its styling, and the simplicity of its shape and surfacing clearly conveys that.
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Material used (prototype): Item (German)
Software used: SpaceClaim