The smart scooter, called Pal, “is a nimble “last-mile” electric vehicle that addresses the growing congestion and population density of our cities and offers a possible solution to these challenges”, according to Layer.
Shown at Salone del Mobile in Milan, Pal is controlled via a wireless bluetooth earpiece that connects to NIO’s NOMI system via a smartwatch or phone app. NOMI is an artificially-intelligent digital companion which learns its driver’s self-interests and information to meet their needs.
Through NOMI, Pal uses machine learning to become accustomed to a user’s routes over time and, eventually, become autonomous. It also responds to simple voice commands and requests, such as “What’s the best route?”, “Take me to work” or “How much battery is left?”
The NIO Pal chassis and steering column are made from graphene-coated carbon fibre, “an exceptionally strong and lightweight combination of materials that makes the vehicle both easy to transport and more efficient in terms of energy use”, says Layer.
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