Wednesday, September 27, 2023

CAVU and KUKA unveil first new ride innovation produced through partnership

CAVU Designwerks (CAVU), a provider of innovative experiences, has partnered with KUKA Robotics (KUKA) to create the next generation of ride systems. The first vehicle developed in this partnership will be available to demo in Orlando during IAAPA Expo.

The Self Driving Vehicle (SDV) uses KUKA’s reliable industrial platform at its base and has been transformed into an entertainment application safe for passenger use. This vehicle can interact with other advanced technologies like AI, real-time gaming engines and projection mapping. By using a vehicle that has proven itself in the industrial marketplace, KUKA and CAVU are able to bring to market the entertainment application at a fraction of the cost of most existing autonomous vehicles. The dynamic motion profile of the vehicle gives owners and operators the ability to create the best experience for their target demographic, from a more intense immersive ride to a fun family experience. The SDV uses the proven platform and can adapt in real-time to changing environments making it the perfect vehicle for immersive storytelling.

“With this vehicle, we wanted to reimagine what it means to interact with an experience, by allowing guests to actively participate in the story,” said Mark Stepanian, President at CAVU. “We are known as innovators in the industry, and by combining our talented teams, we can create a better experience for park-goers worldwide. We are utilizing KUKA’s proven technology and combining it with new and exciting experience concepts.”

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The SDV will be in Orlando and available to demo. The development and execution of the demo were supported by BEC’s in-depth programming knowledge and Firefly Creations’ creative direction. The demo will offer different experiences ranging in thrill level to showcase the breadth of movement and options that the SDV offers.

This vehicle is the first innovation to be showcased from the newly announced partnership between CAVU and KUKA. The two companies will lean on each other’s knowledge and expertise to create the next generation of dark ride systems.

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