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Coming full circle?...

Oct 07, 2015

What started out with an APP to order a ride, may come full circle when a new APPliance-like transportation mode is inserted into the process of moving people. The car is the app.

Rented, leased, shared, chauffeured, auto-piloted or owner-driven (in case ownership is more persistent than forecasters want us to believe), how we go from A to B still matters. With its sleek profile this one can potentially auto-pilot itself, carrying three comfortably (take note of its long wheelbase), in a way that a Tesla simply can't. The less surface area a vehicle has, the better the feel for the vehicle's outer dimensions and the less fender bender prone. Let's call this "traffic ergonomics" - a term that was brought up in a conversation with Prof. Raj Rajkumar of Carnegie Mellon University, Google's stomping ground with regard to robotics. Passenger occupancy rate of cabs and ride services is 1.2 person. The three-seat capacity (one driver, two passengers) of the vehicle you see depicted here, will suffice most of the time. In self-driving mode, all three seats can be paying passengers seats.

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Of course, other ‘players’ (than TNCs) may also step up to the plate...

Ralph Panhuyzen, sevehicle@gmail.com


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