Benteler's new Holon brand is debuting its battery-electric autonomous mover at CES 2023 in Las Vegas. Production is expected to start in the USA at the end of 2025.
According to the manufacturer, the mini-bus unveiled at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas will be the world's first autonomous mover based on automotive standards. "Holon will be the first OEM for autonomous movers with the standards and scaling potential we have seen in the automotive industry. With our platform technology, vehicle expertise and strong partner network, our goal is to redefine personal transportation - both in the public and private sectors," said Marco Kollmeier, CEO of Holon. The design of the production-ready vehicle comes from Italian design company Pininfarina. The sensor technology for the SAE Level 4 autonomous system is supplied by Mobileye and combines lidar, radar and camera systems. The Holon mover is designed for on-demand services such as ride-pooling and ride-hailing, but can also be used for normal scheduled services or last-mile delivery.
The end-to-end electrical/electronic architecture comes from Cognizant Mobility. For this, the Cognizant Mobility architecture design framework was further developed. During the development of the system architecture, attention was paid to a powerful cyber security concept. Cognizant Mobility's best practices included the security standards required by the current UNECE R155 and ISO21434 standards and over-the-air update capability until the end of the vehicle's life. In the U.S., mobility provider Beep is involved in initial pilot projects, contributing services for the mobility service's deployment and operating systems, among other things. Production of the autonomous mover is scheduled to begin in the USA at the end of 2025.