Ridesharing: Amber One

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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.

The Amber One ridesharing car

The Amber One ridesharing car

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!

 

Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2016/09/23/amber-mobility-million-miles-car-sharing/?ncid=edlinkusauto00000015

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6 thoughts on “Ridesharing: Amber One

  1. Rivan

    Ride sharing is a concept that will make car ownership moot but I really don’t want to give up my chance to own an MX-5 or Porsche or….. well almost anything!

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  2. TiagaBoy

    I think that this idea is good initially, but the car would be subject to vandalism by people who don’t seem to be grateful about how far this world has come. Also, I think the law should be that even with these kicking about, you should still be able to own your own car.
    I see your point though, my car only gets used once or twice a month and probably has at least one flattie by now. But we also own a classic, and it’d be a shame to get rid of that.

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    • Yes, I agree that there will probably still be some kinks that will have to be worked out and as usual there will be people who take advantage, but that shouldn’t be a deterrent. I also hope myself that there will never be a law against owning a car or even driving one.

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    • I hope that never happens. I really enjoy going on a drive in the mountains or road tripping to a show or concert. If I wanted to just sit there there’s always flying.

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