Ford presents at Mobile World Congress its plans for the future of personal mobility. Among the prototypes on display at its booth at MWC this year was a small circular machine that, at first glance, could be confused with a Roomba robots.
In reality it is Carr-E, a prototype designed by the Kilan Vas, who works in the Ford headquarters in Cologne, Germany. Carr-E is one of the finalists of the “Last Mile Mobility Challenge” organized by Ford. To participate, it was required the development of an electric prototype that makes travel easier.
With size comparable to that of a tire, Carr-E is thought to fit in the trunk of a car. It can carry up to 120 kg at a maximum speed of 11 km/h and has a range of 22 kilometers. Carr-E can also move in a “drone” mode: in this case follows its own and can be used to carry heavy loads.
In the “City of Tomorrow“, Ford is another finalist in the Last Mile Mobility Challenge. It is TriCiti, an electric folding tricycle which can be used both for personal shift as well as to carry goods.
But what attracts more attention at the Ford stand is the demo called “Autolivery.” Through a VR device, users can follow an autonomous driving van and a drone that work together to deliver to a party a forgotten ingredient.