Ever since the idea of self-driving cars became a real possibility, people have been talking about how they would change the way we use cars. Now, most of our cars sit unused for the biggest part of the day. With the advent of self-driving cars, this would no longer be necessary. Instead of each person having their own car, it would make more sense to share our car with others. Enter the idea of, preferably autonomous and electric, cars designed with ridesharing in mind.
Of course, even today there are already a lot of apps available that let people share their cars, but none of the vehicle so far have been designed with this purpose in mind. However, many car makers such as Ford have started the development of autonomous cars with a system making it possible for them to be shared. Unfortunately, many of these cars are still in early stages and not expected to hit our roads any time soon.
That is until Dutch company Amber Mobility came along. According to Autoblog they claim that by the end of next year they will have a prototype car designed to be shared on the road. This EV, though not self-driving, would still be the start of a big change. Exactly how the Amber one would be designed to be shared, apart from a modular design, they didn’t say. However, they take the new concept of sharing, rather than owning a car very serious: the Amber One will not be for sale. Instead customers will be paying a weekly subscription. According to the company, the Amber One will have a lifespan of around 1 million miles and a range of 250 miles.
Amber Mobility is expected to start production on a small scale in 2018. But for now, we can still (or are forced to, depending on your perspective of these developments) drive and own our own cars. Which means we can still choose to equip them with our own modifications and improvements, such as a Travall Guard for safety.
Personally, I’m rather excited by the prospect of autonomous cars, but I do not relish the idea of not being able to own my own car. Though I do realize that it makes more sense than just letting it sit in the parking lot most of the day. How do you feel about these planned changes? Let me know in the comments!