After 25 years in the innovation business in Germany, Ina Fischer founded Innovative Dragon ltd. back in 2012. The business, which is based in London. creates new solutions for mobility, such as EVs, e-scooters, gear systems and complete urban mobility eco-systems.
Auto Futures has been taking to Fischer about what she calls the company’s ‘future oriented projects’.
FLAIT – or Fast-Lane Artificial-Intelligence Transport – is its latest innovation. It’s a full mobility eco-system that comprises an autonomous vehicle that can fit two passengers sitting face-to-face. The vehicle is fully electric and features a tilting mechanism for comfort and safety.
The service is on-demand and uses infrastructure systems for route guidance and collision avoidance integrated in street lights. FLAIT also offers flexible platooning for maximum road space efficiency.
“The reason for congestion problems in all major cities in the world is the limited space for new or wider roads. Simulation show that FLAIT can increase the traffic density (person miles per hour on given space area) up to 1050% (ten times more people moved for same distance at same time without congestion),” explains Fischer.
FLAIT comes in three versions: FLAIT door to door on demand guided by Street Light Transponder infrastructure; FLAIT Cargo for last mile parcel delivery operated on same infrastructure and FLAIT TRAIN operated on virtual rails along a track painted on the road surface for easy market entrance.
Fischer says that FLAIT may solve some of the challenges that are currently being faced by developers of autonomous vehicles.
“Autonomous driving needs tremendous expenditure in terms of sensors in all directions and high power data fusion computation and still is unsafe. We all make mistakes as drivers and hope others see that and compensate for it as well. We avoid accidents caused by others – computer cannot do that – as they have no gut feeling for danger. So mixed traffic is a problem. FLAITs drive on priority lanes,” she notes.
Innovative Dragon has also developed a fully-electric car called the ID-Taxi designed to address the requirements of the VIP-shuttle and taxi markets globally.
“We developed an electric taxi in 2012, shorter than a Tesla S, 1760 Kg light, inner space bigger than a London taxi, with exchangeable battery and a full carbon body,” explains Fischer.
It’s also worked on a prototype electric scooter. Fischer describes the ID-Scooter as: “A new generation of scooters with variable backrest cage for driver’s safety, driving without helmet is possible and with options for two or three wheel suspension.”
No congestion, no pollution, no accidents, no noise, no crowds stuffed into small spaces and fresh air for all of us.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made more of us consider the environment in urban areas and may well advance the adoption of electric vehicles. Fischer offered us her thoughts on the impact of the outbreak.
“London is a great city but it can hardly survive without the Tube and the DLR (Docklands Light Railway). There are often 4 people on 10 square feet space, with only very limited protection by face masks. Urban mobility needs to offer private space.”
Looking further ahead, Fischer painted a picture of what she thinks urban mobility will look like in 2030.
“Hopefully fewer cars or no cars, neither by raid-hailing, car-sharing or private operation. Intelligent holistic eco-systems – hopefully FLAITs – with no congestion, no pollution, no accidents, no noise, no crowds stuffed into small spaces and fresh air for all of us.”