The swappable front pod effectively turns the VOI into a multipurpose scooter. The single passenger cabin can be changed for other utilitarian options such as a mobile kitchen, ice-cream chiller, mobile street store or basic cargo pod.
2. Comfort and Safety
The front cabin, which has a clamshell design, offers passengers comfort similar to that of a compact car. It shields occupants from elements such as rain or road debris. It also gives passengers added protection in the event of an accident.
3. Rear Driver Seating
Introducing a rear-seat riding position allows designers to develop a solution that is more convenient for passengers – enabling them to mount and dismount more gracefully. The front pod also protects the rider from wind and flying debris. This design also provides a more compact package that allows the VOI to remain agile in urban traffic.
An additional support stand increases stability for the two-wheeler at a standstill. This allows for easier entry/exit as well as more assurance to both rider and passenger when stopped at traffic lights.
5. Zero Local Emissions
Powered entirely by batteries, the VOI produces zero local emissions. As such, introducing a fleet of such electric-powered transporters in densely populated cities will not add to the air and noise pollution.
TUM CREATE is a joint electromobility research project between two world-leading universities, Germany’s Technische Universität München (TUM) and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), funded by the National Research Foundation of Singapore. VOI is an urban mobility concept developed by Master’s and final-year Bachelor’s students from both universities. It is a Work-in-Progress prototype to demonstrate the possibilities of future mobility. This project is just one of many research and development works undertaken by over 100 scientists, researchers and engineers from more than 20 countries at TUM CREATE. The cutting-edge research covers topics ranging from the molecule to megacity including areas such as: electrochemistry, electric vehicle battery packs, embedded systems, air conditioning, simulation and modelling, and infrastructure.
Stephan Schickram, Research Associate RP 4, TUM CREATE
Prof. Ng Heong Wah, NTU Co-Principal Investigator RP 4, TUM CREATE
Witono Halim, Project Officer RP9, TUM CREATE
Niklas Righi, Master's student, TUM CREATE
Carolin Suesslack, Master's Student, TUM CREATE
Kuganeshan Ganesamoorthy, Final Year Student, NTU
Tinagaran Puvanasan, Final Year Student, NTU
Lee Wei Xun Enrique, Final Year Student, NTU
Teo Wei Lun, Final Year Student, NTU
Sebastian Stadler, Intern, TUM CREATE
Daniel Ostler, Intern, TUM CREATE