Created by Fisker, the Orbit autonomous electric shuttle is built to enhance the passenger experience in urban environments, including smart city ecosystems. Photo: Fisker Inc.

Created by Fisker, the Orbit autonomous electric shuttle is built to enhance the passenger experience in urban environments, including smart city ecosystems. Photo: Fisker Inc.

Calif.-based electric vehicle manufacturer Fisker Inc.‘s autonomous electric shuttle will feature new in-wheel eDrive technology.

This new technology from Protean Electric’s allows the vehicle to maximize interior space while further redefining the future of short-trip mobility, according to the company.

Created by Fisker, the Orbit autonomous electric shuttle is built to enhance the passenger experience in urban environments, including smart city ecosystems.

  • As a sample scenario, people will no longer have to wait at a bus stop, as Orbit shuttles will be fully connected — with their locations available to be viewed on a mobile application for set routes.
  • Its ergonomic interior will offer a variation of mood zones, depending on the passenger’s preference — and the shuttle will offer new digital experiences to further enhance rides.
  • The ProteanDrive in-wheel eDrive system was selected by Fisker engineers to help optimize interior space and simplify powertrain integration. With the vehicle not featuring a steering wheel or pedals, the configuration enables the Orbit to comfortably carry passengers without the intrusion of traditional powertrain components.

The Fisker Orbit will be available in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive configurations. The company will begin testing prototypes of the vehicle — with integrated Protean powertrains — this year, while full deployments of the Orbit on a set route are scheduled for next year.

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