Saves commuters’ lifetime,
boosts MaaS profits
Triggo started as a clever solution to tackle traffic jams and parking shortage. All its key components and the way they operate were conceived in a brief "Eureka!" moment. Yet it took years to resolve all the challenges its bold design brought in. With new prototypes built and technical problems overcome - often through trial and harsh error - what emerged from works turned out to be a revolutionary element of the new, clean, efficient global urban mobility. Not only a vehicle but whole new platform of solutions capable to contribute in bringing people back their lost time, bringing more clean air and green areas to city centers, while freeing-up precious space.
Embark on the exciting journey by Triggo.
Despite technological progress a passenger car's architecture has not changed for over a century: four wheels, an engine, or electric motor, mechanical steering with a steering wheel. Typical car's dimensions are about 4,5 meters (15 feet) in length, by 1,8 meter (6 feet) in with. That makes-up for the area of over 8 square meters (90 square feet), or as much as 22 times more area than used by a sitting person. Typical car also weighs over 20 times more than a typical person. On average the cars we own spend 95% of their time standing idle, using up space and - yes - depreciating. Their full capacity is used even way less than the 5% of time they’re on the road. Cars are inherently inefficient. They excessively use-up space on the road and on parking, they waste energy to accelerate dead weight and pollute the environment with breake pad dusts while trying to slow it back down. At the same time cars are the most expensive item of everyday use and a depreciation disaster in one. Cars used to pay us back for all these inconveniences with rewards like prestige, status and emotions, but - let's also admit that - everyday practicality and freedom of movement. In recent decades however societies started seeing increasingly more disadvantages and costs from behind the comfort and pleasures.
Replacing car is not an easy task though. Public transport undoubtedly has a number of important advantages, but there are missions, trajectories and circumstances where it just can't be used. Two wheelers - from kiskscooters to motorbikes - they do resolve the traffic congestion, parking space shortage, energy efficiency and - in EV form - air pollution problems, but that at cost of high risk of injury and the screeming lack of every day, every weather, every climate practicality. One can save up to 10 full 24 hours days each year riding a two-wheeler, but can also be killed or injured at virtually any moment.
Being an active motorcyclist, Rafał Budweil, the "father" of Triggo and founder of the company was aware of the tremendous time savings two wheelers bring, but he also learned about the associated risks. The latter the hard way. While aware of both, he set-off to create a vehicle carrying in one all benefits of cars and a two wheelers, while having as little of their drawbacks as possible.
Many tried the same in the past. Insofar nobody succeeded. But on the other hand, nobody ever tried it the Triggo-way.
The concept behind Triggo is disarmingly simple. It summarizes as follows: to operate at high speed you need a lot of stability, when going slow you can afford to be narrow. Stability is best provided by spread points of support, so it pays for a vehicle to feature relatively wide suspension. That on the other hand makes the vehicle itself wide, which in urban environment, means no possibility to beat traffic jams and lots of space needed to park. But wide suspension is only really needed at high speeds. It is pretty much useless in low speed situations, such as maneuvering on parking lot, or filtering through traffic jams.
Why not then create a vehicle that would transform between the high speed, wide configuration and low speed, narrow mode? That is precisely what Triggo is: a two-person, enclosed cabin quadricycle, which measures just 86 cm (34 inch) in width when going slow - for saving space and 148 cm (58 inch) when going fast - for increased stability.
Triggo's enclosed cabin provides all safety features typical of a car such as seat belts, airbags, anti-roll bar. It also provides typical car comforts and practicalities, such as: heating and air-conditioning, capability to carry a child, luggage,or cargo. Of course helmet and safety clothes are not needed! At the same time Triggo's design allows users to beat traffic jams with even more ease than two-wheelers and to find place to park virtually everywhere you need to go.
Many would just stop here, but with the world changing around us there appear so many new opportunities you just can not miss!
Initially Triggo was just supposed to be just a very clever vehicle for individuals and families two own - usually as a second or even third vehicle in the household. But as the project progressed and started gaining international attention more future-proof use case scenarios started to surface - usually hinted by future users.
One of the key critical mega-trends in urban mobility and automotive market is moving away from car ownership towards automatic vehicle rental via a smartphone app known under general terms of "Mobility-as-a-Service", or a bit less precise: "Carsharing". Triggo is not only very well suited for such usage, but can bring groundbreaking changes to its user experience and profitability of its business model. An average occupancy of a carsharing vehicles is about 1,2 persons per ride. That translates into about 95% of all rides being executable with a two-seat vehicle. That means that a small, agile two-seater can generate the same number of rides as a cumbersome full size passenger car. In reality - much more. One of the most important factors turning users away from carsharing services in favor of other means of transport such as taxi is parking shortage. Taking a hired full size car to a city center means not only risking to waste one’s time while trying to find a place to park, but also being forced to pay for that additional unneeded hire time. One doesn't have to look for a place to park a taxi...That leads to another problem: carsharing vehicles tend to be a scarce resource in central areas where they are needed and to get accumulated in peripheral cold zones where they get stuck idle for days. Users are reluctant to drive shared cars to work afraid of morning traffic jams, lack of parking at the destination and being late to work in result. Public transport wins. Triggo easily beats traffic jams and is a no-problem to park. More Triggo's will therefore be used to travel to work. More of them will be brought back to the areas of high demand, more users will be served, more revenues will be generated, while more space will be saved for others at the same time. Win-win-win.
At a relatively early stage a Drive-by-Wire system was adopted for Triggo's directional steering. Reason was mostly safety. One can imagine Drive-by-Wire as removing steering wheel, mechanical steering column and steering rack and replacing them all with a system consisting of an electronic yoke and a computer-controlled high precision electromechanical system, which controls the turning action. Such system has many interesting advantages, like its ability to automatically adapt the turning radius to speed of the vehicle, or trim the vehicle's behavior to specific driver preferences. But most of all Triggo's digital steering opens the way to driverless operations.
As it was discussed earlier, the correct placement of fleet vehicles poses a major challenge to MaaS operations causing under-utilization of the vehicles and making carsharing platforms less profitable then they could be. Having the vehicles located in high-demand areas is conditional to being able to serve more customers and thus generate more revenues. Triggo has three stage answer to that dilemma.
As early as in 2019 Triggo carried out the first trials with remote operations of the vehicles. By 2021 Triggo developed a professional set-up in which the remotely placed driver can fully control the vehicle. This system is currently undergoing intensive testing. Triggo's ability to "shrink" while operating in the low speed mode is critical to safety of remotely controlled vehicle relocation.
Traditionally a single driver controls a singe vehicle. Yet such arrangement is sub-optimal when it comes to relocation of potentially very large fleets of MaaS vehicles. For this reason Triggo has been working on "platooning" - functionality which allows a number of vehicles to be re-positioned in string under control of a single driver. Triggo demonstrated platooning of its vehicles for the first time in 2021. The next logical step is to implement platooning in conjunction with remote driving, which will derive synergies from both technologies.
Automated Vehicle Delivery
Finally, in the not so far future the human driver controlling the vehicle remotely over the network will be replaced by Artificial Intelligence - an instance of a cloud-based neural network controlling the vehicle from a safe and resilient data center, where it will have all the processing power needed to instantly deliver a vehicle where and when user had ordered it from a smartphone app.
Triggo is an exciting and unique solution for personal urban transport, with a strong set of advantages over many other mobility solutions and a clearly defined development path into the better, cleaner more efficient future.