Ground-breaking vehicle debuted in Dubai

Date: 2023.12.14
A vehicle developed jointly by MOME and the John von Neumann University can revolutionise urban freight delivery: Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) unveiled a hydrogen and solar-powered vehicle at the climate summit in Dubai. The prototype of three-wheeled, multifunctional transport vehicle, developed through the collaboration of the two universities, was first showcased to the public on 1 December at the UN COP28 climate summit, and was sent to Dubai straight from the developers’ workshop.

The multifunctional transport vehicle is powered by hydrogen and solar energy to support sustainability. It uses its own artificial intelligence system to plan the ideal proportion of using the two energy sources based on traffic conditions along the route. Although it has a range of 250 kilometres, the vehicle is specifically designed for urban, short-distance use, tailored for delivery services or goods loading, with a two-person cabin in the front and a smaller cargo hold in the back.  

The purpose of the project was to develop a concept for a forward-looking vehicle with sustainable technologies and innovative details such as the programmable LED communication panel or the AI-controlled environmental surveillance system in addition to a green powertrain. 

The technical development was overseen by the Vehicle Technology Research Group of the John von Neumann University, while the design, user interface, and visual identity were developed by MOME's Mobility Lab. Our teacher Dániel Ruppert was project lead for MOME, while teacher of MOME’s Smart Mobility specialisation András Húnfalvi was involved in the development along with final year students from the Mobility Design Lab Botond Levente Kiss, Máté Treffler, and Bálint Elek.  

The team was tasked with matching the innovative technology featured in the concept with a unique look. The practical and modern design integrates forward-looking technologies in a human-oriented approach.

Among Hungarian universities, MOME and the John von Neumann University are the only ones representing the country at the UN Climate Summit held in Dubai. At the stand of the John von Neumann University, presentation of the vehicle featured President of the Republic of Hungary Katalin Novák, President of the MOME Foundation Gergely Böszörményi-Nagy, President of the Board of Trustees Foundation for John von Neumann University Norbert Csizmadia, Director of Strategy of the Foundation for John von Neumann University and member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Szabolcs Szemerey, and head of the Vehicle Technology Research Group of the John von Neumann University Krisztián Kun.  

The two universities have worked together on a project before – the SUPERMOTO motor bike has made its debut in Abu Dhabi to great acclaim. 

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