SEAT is taking a giant leap in their revolutionary micromobility strategy and the presentation of the Minimó at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The brand-new concept car that SEAT have created was developed as a mobility platform to showcase the companies vision of the urban mobility of tomorrow.
At the conference, SEAT President Luca de Meo explained how “the SEAT Minimó has been specially engineered to adapt to the mobility platforms that will shape the future of city driving, where traffic will be restricted and only a few operators will be able to offer mobility.”
The Minimó has been developed by combining the best of a car and a motorcycle. The vehicle maintains the safety of a car with the agility and easy parking of a motorcycle. Comfortably seating two passengers, the 100% electric concept car has been developed with an integrated battery swap system. This enables full vehicle charging in only a few minutes and provides a range of more than 100 kilometres.
As these cars don’t rely on being taken to recharging points, this innovative system means that carsharing operating costs are essentially reduced by 50%.
At 2.5 metres long and just 1.24 metres wide, the car takes up 3.1 square metres of space versus the 7.2 square metres of a normal car, considerably reducing its ecological footprint.
The Minimó can be parked in a motorbike parking area, and in a traffic lane, it would fit side by side in a space where only one average car fits.
De Meo went on to explain the technology incorporated within the Minimó, saying “The Minimó is a 5G technology that provides a convenient and smooth digital user experience based on the ‘Digital Access’ key and wireless Android Auto™ on the car display without users having to connect their smartphone to any cable or socket.
“Among other functions, the car recognises whether the driver is 16 or 18 to adapt its speed to either 45 or 90 km/h, for example. In addition, with the Google Assistant on Android Auto, users can keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel while using their voice to stay connected, easily get answers, manage tasks and control media”.
In this sense, and as a major step in enhancing the SEAT Minimó user experience, SEAT and Android Auto have collaborated to enable complete seamless, intuitive connectivity, whereby the user can easily call phone numbers, read and respond to text messages, and make use of supported navigation, media, and communication apps on the vehicle’s display.
With a concept car like the Minimó, SEAT is aiming to reduce the vehicle footprint in urban areas. With this in mind, the company is working together with city councils to gain insights into their views and specific needs.
As a result of this joint effort, SEAT will look into the possibilities of integrating the proposals made by public authorities and the citizens in the vehicle’s development in order to offer spot-on solutions towards a shared purpose - to enhance urban mobility.
As part of the 5G Barcelona project, which aims to promote the city as one of the benchmark European capitals of 5G technology, SEAT and Telefónica have implemented the ‘5G Connected Car’ pilot test.
The ‘5G Connected Car’ enables communication between the vehicle, the surrounding infrastructure and other cars and is a first step towards achieving cooperative, autonomous driving. The vehicle is now being tested on the streets of Barcelona to gather data and work on its safety development plan while being driven.
This is simply wonderful. Here at Miller and Middleton, we have been incredibly impressed with how SEAT has developed over the last decade into a market leader in their field. The stunning range they have produced, from the classic Ibiza to the multi-award-winning Ateca to the all-new Tarraco, it is sensational.
We love being able to hold the SEAT range in our showroom and with concepts like the Minimó in the works, we cannot wait to see the next wave of revolutionary, game-changing vehicles that we are able to showcase.