Neuron, home of the HUB (Harmony, Unity, Beauty), hasunvelied the MAP (Multipurpose Autonomous Platform) which will autonomously transport just about anything. It can be an RV, food truck, mobil Airbnb or even an autonomous bus.
- With the MAP, Neuron envisions static objects becoming mobile and multi-purpose.
- Highly customizable, the MAP can be used as a transportation or hospitality space–or whatever else your imagination can come up with.
And, just like its older sibling, the MAP looks pretty foreboding, like it drove in from a post-apocalyptic Ridley Scott movie to take over planet earth. Pretty funny considering the whole harmony, unity, and beauty theme.
Let’s take a closer look at the MAP. The concept here is that the autonomous MAP serves as a multi-use platform that can move anything, such as storage boxes, artwork, furniture — or you could just move the whole house. It’s built to do that too. And, like a transformer, it can also adjust its size to convert into—and here Neuron gives us some ideas—a passenger and cargo transport to a temporary crash pad for travelers or a pop-up shop.
An Evolution Of The HUB
Neuron draws a picture of just how large and capable the MAP is by giving the specs with a container home on board: 22 feet long, 8.5 feet wide and 11.5 feet tall.
The MAP isn’t a completely new vehicle in the Neuron family. It utilizes the underlying structure of the HUB, which is a combined unit of an upper passenger compartment mounted on a MAP. In the HUB’s case, the structure on top functions as an autonomous rideshare vehicle. Passengers can catch one at a HUB station or locate the vehicle via GPS using their smart device.
Operating within a five-mile radius, the autonomous HUB is a low-speed vehicle specifically designed for high traffic situations to get people the last few time-consuming and nerve-fraying miles to their destination. It would be perfectly deployed near Staples Center on concert and game days or in Santa Monica near the beach, especially during the crowded summers.
In creating MAP, Neuron wanted to make static structures mobile to expand their functionality. An all-electric self-driving space, the MAP is designed to the same specs as standard shipping containers. But, this isn’t just any shipping container. The interior of these self-driving spaces can be customized with “limitless” possibilities you probably never even thought of.
Uses For the MAP
If you’re not sure why you’d need a MAP or how you’d use one, Neuron lends a hand. It gets the ball rolling by giving some jumping off points to spark your creativity.
“Interior variations of MAP driven containers include, but are not limited to shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels, and offices. The exterior can also be modified for any purpose. One example is the roof which can be upgraded with solar panels to provide utility and recharge the vehicle batteries.”
And, that’s just the beginning. Neuron also proposes scenarios of integrating MAP into parking garages and converting them into mobile high rises. These are lofty visions – inadvertent pun – that we might not see implemented for some time.
Neuron has also teased renderings of an electric vehicle it plans to reveal in the fourth quarter of this year. With so many companies putting out versions of EVs, it’s already becoming a crowded field. And, it’s even harder to build a successful company if you’re brand new without any public recognition.
By leading with the HUB and MAP, Neuron established a strong vision and brand image that differentiates itself from other EV/autonomous vehicles in the space. Whether you are frightened or inspired by the HUB/MAP doesn’t matter. You’re going to want to see what Neuron comes up with for a more conventional vehicle in the next few months. And, that’s a pretty darn good strategy to put HUB on the map.