Semi-autonomous Karma van

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Karma Automotive presented last month its new platform called E-Flex and indicated that it also prepares autonomous delivery vehicles. Today it presents its first electric van.

And in addition to being equipped with a 100% electric motor, this van is equipped with level 4 semi-autonomous driving, all based on the E-Flex platform. Even if Karma Automotive did not go into detail on the appearance of the vehicle, the first leaked photos show the body of a Fiat Ducato.

E-Flex: the versatile platform usable for any type of vehicle

The E-Flex platform is an architecture that can be used to build different types of electric motor vehicles, ranging from supercar to utility vehicle.

Karma E-flex chassis

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The Californian manufacturer had indicated during its presentation last month that there were 22 possible configurations of the platform, including various variants of battery pack and electric drive systems.

This multitude of configurations will allow different types of vehicles to be developed quickly and inexpensively. The platform is also used for the Karma Revero GT 2020, much anticipated at the LA Auto Show 2019.

Multiple motor and battery with E-Flex

Thanks to this versatile design, Karma Automotive announces that it will be possible, on the utility version, to have different packs of flat or “I” drive batteries.

In terms of electric motors, several options are possible, from a simple motor to quadruple electric motors. These different configurations will make it possible to adapt power and range according to the use of the commercial vehicle.

Level 4 semi-autonomous driving thanks to advanced technology

The van is equipped with WeRide's autonomous driving system. This system is associated with several LiDAR sensors and radars. The whole is associated with a GPS system. Thanks to this, Karma obtains a 360 ° view of the vehicle in real time.

To process all the data collected, the NVIDIA Drive AGX Pegasus platform is installed on board the vehicle. It has two Xavier processors and two Tensor Core GPUs. This computing power allows it to process 320 trillion operations per second.

Such a level of power, linked to a full panoply of sensors and radars, should make it possible to ensure deliveries with this van without driver behind the wheel.

Source: The Drive