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The electric car is equipped with an automated control system Mobileye Drive with a bunch of sensors, cameras and lidars. In the cabin there are only two chairs with different modes for work and rest and a widescreen 43-inch panel, where, in addition to entertainment content, trip data is displayed. Commercial operation of robotaxis will begin in 2026, and over time the machines will appear in major cities in Europe and the Middle East.

Verne (named after Jules Verne), founded by Mate Rimac and two of his Rimac Group colleagues, Marko Pejkovic and Adriano Mudri, has unveiled a robotaxi concept that will launch in Zagreb in 2026. The single-volume vehicle is announced as part of a new self-driving service. It is built on a specially developed platform and uses the Mobileye Drive automatic driving system, which works based on data received from sensors, cameras, radars and lidars.

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Since the promised level of autonomy is no lower than fourth, the electric car is devoid of any controls. The removal of the steering wheel and pedals made it possible to revise the interior layout and make the compact car more spacious than a Rolls-Royce. The seats in the robotaxi have five levels of comfort. The entertainment system includes a 43-inch panel and 17 speakers. Its functions are controlled on a touchpad located between the seats.

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The beginning and end of the trip is controlled by a physical Median switch, which, according to the developers, is needed so that the passenger still feels control over the car. In addition, the electric car has a round panoramic Halo roof and upholstery made of wear-resistant materials. It is expected that users will call a robotaxi using a special application. Moreover, it will be possible to pre-set the temperature, lighting and even select the smell in the cabin.

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In each city where Verne operates, a so-called Mothership will be deployed – a place where electric cars will be serviced, washed and repaired. Residents of Zagreb will be the first to use the new service, then they want to launch robotaxis in the UK, Germany and the Middle East – in total, agreements have been signed with the authorities of 11 cities, and negotiations are ongoing with 30 more. Robotaxis are seen as a complement to public transport and personal mobility. Electric cars should also reduce the frequency of use of personal cars.

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