Fuel CellPowered SURUS is a Modular Autonomous Vehicle Built for Work

first_img Never Miss Another Putt With Nissan’s Self-Driving Golf BallScania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle Concept Stay on target Like competing automakers, GM is adding EVs and other alternative fuel vehicles to their fleet. They’re also investing heavily in autonomous driving tech, and it’s not just about chauffeuring us to work.Vehicles have plenty of other jobs to do, too… like shifting freight around ports and warehouses, moving supplies around construction sites, and even shuttling humans to the hospital when they require medical attention.GM’s newest EV concept is built to handle all kinds of tasks like that. The “truck” you see above is SURUS, which stands for Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure. With a name like that, you’ve probably already guessed that it’s initially being pitched to the U.S. government.Because the SURUS is powered by fuel cells it can move around stealthily, producing minimal noise and very little heat. That would make it an excellent choice for running resupply missions and shuttling troops (both healthy and wounded). Fuel cells give SURUS an impressive range of about 400 miles and it can cover the whole distance without a human driver.Its computerized brain also allows multiple SURUS units to form a convoy for tackling bigger jobs, and it’s designed to handle rough terrain with ease. GM has equipped SURUS with external plugs so you can trade some of that 400-mile range in for juice. Plug in tools, lights, pumps, or anything else that you need to get the job done.SURUS is a modular platform, and GM envisions offering several different add-ons for specific applications. Here, it’s a rolling medical facility. Its flat deck is (logically enough) sized to fit standard shipping containers so that it can quietly help organize freight on a large scale. Pop on a cab and it’s ready to haul workers and materials around the job site.The Truth About Cars notes that SURUS is intended as a “blank slate” platform. The modules GM has mocked up are just a few of the possibilities, but the future customers could have plenty of others. The Army will probably come up with dozens of different ways to utilize SURUS while it’s on display this week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img