The company will start delivering the first Fisker Orbit electric autonomous shuttles before the end of next year.
Henry Fisker has spent the last few days teasing the automotive world with the brand’s upcoming autonomous EV – the Fisker Orbit. He also just announced Fisker Automotive’s recent partnership with The Hakim Unique Group of China. Tweets like the one from November 28th have us on the edge of our seats. “An exciting Fisker product in a whole new segment coming soon,” writes Henry. “The future of mobility will change forever.”
In an interview with Autocar, Henry Fiker said that his company’s new Orbit autonomous shuttle could arrive in the U.K. next year if there was a demand for it. He explained that the vehicle will be delivered as soon as an order is put in because “we don’t need to worry about right or left-hand drive with a fully autonomous vehicle.”
The Fisker Orbit is an electric passenger car looks like something out of a futuristic movie; its interior resembles more of a hotel lobby than a vehicle cabin. Autocar also reports that the Orbit shuttle is designed specifically for use in “smart cities” that are highly connected and utilize a digitized urban setting.
In a separate interview with Boss Magazine, Henry Fisker explained that his company aims to make mobility “cool and more joyful.”
"“[The Orbit] is a fully autonomous shuttle developed for smart cities, airports, and campuses. The whole idea is that it shouldn’t be boring to get into a shuttle: it should be fun and cool. Not only is the exterior design very emotional, but the interior design will take a whole new direction from what you’ve seen before.Not only will it be fully connected, but there will be two different areas including room to either sit or stand. There will be a unique design to the interior that takes its whole inspiration from, Fisker said, modern hotel lobbies and futuristic furniture design."
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The Orbit has been made possible through the collaboration with China’s technological provider: the Hakim Group.
The first-ever Orbit is set to make its debut in the company’s home city of Hangzhou, where it can fully connect to the urban network and display its functionality in a” smart city.”
Fisker went on to tell Autocar that:
"“The combination of our breakthrough automotive technology, design prowess and unique vantage point as industry revolutionaries is powerful. I’m very excited about making the impossible possible with intelligent urban ecosystems, starting with the development of one of the world’s most forward-thinking and uniquely designed electric autonomous shuttles: the Orbit.”"
No word on the possible powertrain being used in the Orbit, but Fisker has been hinting at a new solid state battery technology that could be a game-changer.
With other brands like GM just beginning to test out self-driving cars, we are curious to see how Fisker plans to deliver the Orbit next year.
Hopefully Fisker Automotive can do more than tease us with info, and provide some plausible timeline of events.