the ‘light car sharing’ concept by EDAG

the electric ‘light car sharing’ vehicle by german engineering group EDAG (engineering and design AG) is a smartphone-integrated carsharing concept, on exhibition at geneva motor show 2012. the craft is designed to fill the niche of car-sharing expected to become increasingly popular: the availability of private, user-operated vehicles for rent by the hour or day.

with two side doors, the ‘light car sharing’ vehicle can seat up to six passengers at a single time, arranged in two rows of three foldable seats such that the rear passengers are facing the windowed double rear doors of the vehicle. the design focus of the car was on modularity and durability, permitting the exchange of rapidly worn parts like seats and battery, while letting each car itself endure for over ten years; and the barebones vehicle contains only an accelerator, brake, steering wheel, and lighting control lever, avoiding storage surfaces or trimming to maximize cleanliness.

considered the most innovative feature of the ‘light car sharing’ is it system of LED panels. side and back lights display red when the car is ‘rented’ or occupied and green when it is available. light projectors can display text like ‘rent me’ or demarcate ‘safe’ areas of entry into the craft; and the rear glass panel can be used either for advertising or decorative purposes, or display useful information via web syncing, such as the time and temperature.

‘the EDAG light car sharing was conceived not as a consumer product, but as a capital good for a future operator model,‘ explains EDAG CEO jörg ohlsen. the prototype vehicle itself was produced in collaboration with the technical university of ilmenau.

EDAG electric light car sharing concept 3/4 rear view

EDAG electric light car sharing concept rear view

EDAG electric light car sharing concept ‘light car sharing’ vehicles would be found and rented via smartphone

EDAG also demoed a networked mobility concept for the use of the ‘light car sharing’. individuals can use their smartphones to locate an available car via GPS, while fleet owners can more directly inform customers which cars are available and where, in realtime. booking would be accomplished through the internet and the customer can enter the vehicle with a ‘bluetooth key.’

the final innovative component of the third-generation ‘light car’ system is the ‘intelligent charger’, which provides power for the vehicle while considering external factors such as the availability of electricity, the common ‘behaviour’ and operating needs of the vehicle, and servicing history.

EDAG electric light car sharing concept the rear paneling can be used for advertisements or information display

EDAG electric light car sharing concept example ground projection