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Pix unveils autonomous car which also functions as a coffee machine

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A company called Pix Moving has launched a new self-driving car which can also serve coffee. 

Pix, a multidisciplinary technology developer specialising in robotics and automation, says the vehicle is of a modular design so it could be reconfigured for a variety of purposes.

The coffee-dispensing system utilises a Universal Robots arm functioning as a “barista”, which was last seen serving beer at Hannover Messe. 

But the car is said by Pix to be the result of a completely new way of manufacturing and of thinking about vehicles.

“Pix is a new manufacturing and designing system for cars,” says the company on its website. “We are creating a decentralized, distributed and user-participated way of manufacturing.

 

“With modular and parametric design, also the contribution of an industrial robot, 3D printing and artificial intelligence, we make 90 per cent less car parts a possibility.

“Besides, the distributed manufacturing enables faster response to customer needs, 60 per cent manufacturing cost reduction(under the same productive capacity), and 75 per cent car iteration time-saving.”

The Pix vehicle is electrically powered and can use the growing super-fast charger network. It can be fully charged within six hours, says the company, which adds that all Pix cars can get charged at the super-charger spots.

Among the other features of the Pix vehicle are the following:

  • Load Capacity: 1.85 tons (4079 lbs)
  • Range: 100 km (62 mi)
  • Max Speed: 24 km/h (15 mph)
  • Length: 2840 mm (9.3 ft)
  • Width:1933 mm (6.3 ft)
  • Height: 1900 mm (6.2 ft)
  • Passenger Mode Capacity: six
  • AC permanent magnet induction motor
  • Lead-acid maintenance-free battery
  • Single-speed transmission for electric car

The makers are aiming to market the Pix vehicle to a variety of industries and potential clients, including logistics, industrial parks, shopping malls, tourist attractions, airports, residential areas, private roads and, probably later on, public places.


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