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KURT meets Tesla: enabling urban electro-mobility

The breakthrough

Electric driving is the future. The concept is far from novel, but due to cheap oil and deficient batteries it was too early to convince the general public. That is about to change as mobility with traditional engines is reaching its limits. Batteries are increasingly becoming more powerful and affordable. Away with pollution, noise and traffic jams. 

The ideal setting to launch electric driving is the city. Distances are shorter, the driving speed is limited and the call for a sustainable city, quiet, clean and spacious, is increasingly gaining momentum. Electric mobility makes that possible. The use of compact and silent vehicles opens up space for the pedestrian and cyclist. The only issue is its affordability, as electric vehicles are not produced yet in large numbers. Altreonic, a technological SME from Flanders/Belgium, has developed the solution. It offers a large and flexible variety of electric vehicles, named KURT. Based on a patented design for a modular and scalable vehicle, Altreonic is able to meet the needs of any application.

Seal of Excellence for KURT

Altreonic received the seal of excellence from the European Commission for its SME-II project proposal under the title "Sustainable electric mobility for urban environments by deploying a novel and disruptive e-vehicle system for city logistics and people transport".

This means that Altreonic passed all stringent Horizon 2020 assessment thresholds for all award criteria: excellence, impact, quality and efficiency of implementation. The very positive evaluation by independent international experts is a very positive encouragement for our efforts over the last 3 years to develop KURT as a modular and scalable electric vehicle. Uniquely versatile, it might well be an enabler for urban electro-mobility to take off.

City Car Summit. Berlin 15-16 March 2016

Altreonic presented its KURT e-vehicle for urban mobility at the City Car Summit in Berlin. The KURT concept is an enabling solution for urban mobility by its modular and scalable design. It takes into account many of the issues with existing electric vehicles by a radical design concept that takes the benefits offered by electric propulsion into account from the very beginning. The result is an astonishing new type of Light Electric Vehicle that covers multiple classes in the L category. More information on the City Car Summit 2016 website.

Transport for smart cities 2016: scaling innovation in Europe

Join Altreonic for a full day at the Transport for smart cities conference day on 28 January 2016 in Brussels. Conference website: http://www.smartmobility2016.eu

Altreonic will discuss under the topic "Mobility as a Service: what does it mean?". Mobility as a Service is often mentioned as the next step on the Mobility roadmap. This is often interpreted as a providing additional services to an existing mobility and transport infrastructure. We argue that this might not be enough to reach the next step. We should define it as a next level of Quality (QoS) in the exercise of our Mobility needs. In this short presentation we explore the idea of applying the principles of packet switching to filling in the mobility needs, especially in the context of sustainable urban mobility whereby electrification goes hand in hand with taking another look at how a vehicle is developed, used and supplied with energy.

The year of the KURT

The sun's energy and carbon, the source of all life.

Many of you expect to receive my annual poem at the year's transition. I must admit, becoming a poet once per year is getting harder. I guess our brain evolves eliminating gradually the free-form associations, our life experience patterns taking over. Nevertheless, for those who prefer to skip the next philosophical ramblings, I still managed to write a short one.

This being said, best wishes for an inspiring new year!

(The sun's energy and carbon, source of all life).

Altreonic is revamping electric vehicle on beautomotive.be

Now that we are using electricity for transport, it is high time that we rethink the vehicles themselves.” That is exactly what Eric Verhulst and his team of engineers at Altreonic in Lubbeek have done. The result? The remarkable KURT e-vehicle, the lab prototype of which has elicited very positive reactions from the market. Read further on the beautomotive.be website

Altreonic unveils KURT e-vehicle system for Urban Mobility

Since 3 years Altreonic NV is pursuing the development and market deployment of its light-weight KURT™ electric vehicle system (L6 category). Its disruptive and uniquely modular architecture (patent pending) was specifically designed for urban environments, out-doors as well as in-doors

Remote monitoring and fleet management of the KURT vehicle.

Developing the KURT vehicle has resulted also into a number of significant enhancements to Altreonic's supporting tools. The KURT controller software runs on the VirtuosoNext RTOS. To enhance safety and security, all Tasks and memory regions are protected from each other, yet it runs on a modest ARM M-series controller with little memory. As VirtuosoNext is a distributed operating system, the application runs replicated on the four controlling nodes of the KURT self-propelled platform. The GoedelWorks platform is used to keep track of all engineering data in a traceable way. In line with the methodology, the KURT vehicle can also be remotely monitored through a smartphone or mini-tablet (that functions as driver's vehicle dashboard).

Mobility as a Service: On the road to packet switching

Altreonic has published a new article on the Move Forward website. Below the abstract:

A few decades ago, telecom and internet spawned a new and disruptive socio-economic wave by bringing the marginal cost of communication and information sharing close to zero. This was largely made possible by a switch from circuit-switching to packet-switching networks. Information as well as voice and video is chopped up in small packets and flows over dynamically changing virtual highways and no longer over fixed wires. How can the key learnings from this revolution be applied to Mobility as a Service?

ARRL and antifragility in special Springer magazine

Altreonic was invited to submit an article in a special issue of the Springer Journal of Reliable Intelligent Environments. In the article with as title "Antifragility: systems engineering at its best", we discuss the ARRL (Assured Reliability and resileience Level" criterion at length. From the magazine editorial by Vincenzo de Florio: "In “Antifragility: systems engineering at its best”, Eric Verhulst, Bernhard Sputh, and Pieter Van Schaik discuss the Assured Reliability and Resilience Level (ARRL), a novel criterion that allows system components to be reused in a normative way while preserving the safety integrity level at the system level. ARRL complements the Safety Integrity Level and defines seven levels of which the highest one can be described as the level where the system becomes antifragile. Each level is illustrated and exemplified. It is shown how the features and the general character of ARRL translate into a promising approach for achieving safety across different domains and systems".

Access the article here

Further information can be found in the Gödel Series booklet

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