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Arcimoto Demonstrates Driverless Vehicle at Summer Showcase


July 28, 2021

Arcimoto, which develops and manufactures “fun utility vehicles” (FUVs), recently demonstrated the first-ever driverless FUV, in addition to other technologies during its FUV and Friends Summer Showcase at the Portland (Ore.) International Raceway.

The company’s FUVs are aimed to be ultra-efficient and affordable electric vehicles to help the world shift to a sustainable transportation system. Available to preorder for customers in California, Oregon, Washington, and Florida, the Arcimoto FUV is purpose-built for everyday driving. The company is also developing the Deliverator and Rapid Responder last-mile delivery and emergency response vehicles, with additional concept prototypes such as the Roadster and Cameo (film and influencer models).

“At the end of the day, sustainability is a social networking exercise: through dedicated collaboration with outstanding partners we believe we can make real the vision of a truly sustainable transportation system,” said Mark Frohnmayer, founder and CEO of Arcimoto. “It’s an honor to unveil the amazing work of our team and our partners as we push resolutely toward a clean transportation system that will work for everyone, everywhere. As the challenges of climate change mount seemingly every day, one thing is clear: the way forward is together.”

Faction Technology, based in South San Francisco, demonstrated the driverless FUV using remote control, a step toward true ride-on-demand, where riders will be able to summon a vehicle to their location, and then hop in and drive. “Our vision is very much in line with Arcimoto’s mission, which is to rightsize transportation for both delivery and ride on demand,” said Ain KcKendrick, founder and CEO of Faction. “Driverless combines autonomy with the ability to remote assist a vehicle when you need it, because the magic is really when the vehicle arrives driverlessly.”

Other demonstrations included the Arcimoto Roadster, outfitted with prototype accessories such as a surf rack, a OneWheel carrier, and the Doge Carrier sidecar; a new torque vectoring technology by Stafl Systems that dramatically improves steering at low speeds; and SherpTek’s Acrimoto Flatbed, precision-engineered truck decks and truck trays. Other partners that attended the event included Munro & Associates, Sundberg-Ferar, Redivivus, UBCO, T3 Motion, JuiceBar, and GT Automotive Design.

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