After giving the teaser on the concept vehicle that they will present in Frankfurt, Smart has finally revealed the face of their Vision EQ Fortwo.
The little car, according to the manufacturer, was developed under a new strategy which predicts that vehicles should be connected, standalone, shared and electrical.
If you depend on the visual, the electric Fortwo has paint that can be part of a fleet of electric and autonomous vehicles that will occupy the large urban centres. Smart’s expectation is about the future potential of mobility in cities from 2030.
The inspiration was a glass ball on wheels, with enough focus on the internal space, which holds two passengers easily, and it was adapted in the version that will be presented in Frankfurt.
On the front of the vehicle, there is a LED display that displays messages to inform pedestrians and other drivers about their activities. This panel can also be used for advertising.
Being a vehicle equipped with level 5 autonomous direction, it has no steering wheel or pedals: everything is controlled via a digital screen which is also used for entertainment and to display other information in accordance with the preference of the occupants.
To move the small vehicle (which is only 2.7 meters long), Smart used an electric motor powered by a 20 kWh lithium-ion battery which has induction recharge, eliminating the need for cables.
The manufacturer gave no details of when the Vision EQ Fortwo will become a production vehicle, but the expectation of Daimler is that, by 2022, companies under his command (Smart and Mercedes being the principal) should have 10 new electric models in production.