Arrival, a UK-based company, has gained a lot of press attention to win an order from UPS for 10,000 electric delivery vans, as well as € 100 million in Hyundai / Kia investment. The company has now unveiled a new electric bus with a number of innovative features.
Everywhere there are video screens: a ring around the top of the outside can be used to show information onboarding; another ring around the top of the inside and a monitor behind the driver can view information on future stops as well as advertising, and the driver has a Tesla-style screen that monitors most vehicle functions.
Arrival says its bus would be much more linked than most existing buses, offering more real-time information for passengers and making it easier for operators to control their fleets.
“Our buses are connected in ways that don’t connect with your typical bus,” Chief Experience Officer Kwame Nyanning told The Verge. “So from a fleet management perspective, you can deploy your bus inventory in a much smarter way to forecast and meet and track demand based on data we can pull from the buses. I think a lot of other bus manufacturers are just making buses. They’re not making systems.”
Arrival has released few details of its electric powertrains but has said it will build its delivery vans on a modular platform that can be scaled up or down for different vehicles. Electric taxis and delivery robots are also developed by the company. All these will be built at “micro-factories,” constructed near the facilities of the customers.
Nyanning pointed at a number of vehicle plans. “Yes, we want to make this bus, and this [is] probably the best bus that anyone has ever ridden on. But the longer our ecosystem grows robust and expansive, the more relevant it becomes. We are introducing a van, we are introducing the bus, we are introducing taxis, we are introducing other shared mobility solutions or mobility-as-a-service solutions and all of a sudden, the cumulative value of all these systems and platforms working together to create a single solution becomes quite compelling.