Why drive when you can use autonomous ridesharing to get to your destination? In 2019, ridesharing rose in popularity amongst consumers, reaching an estimated global value of $61.3 billion USD. The testing and development of autonomous vehicles have increased as organizations look to reduce operational costs with autonomous vehicle technology. In addition to investing in autonomous flying vehicles and delivery robots, some companies are also creating autonomous ridesharing options that will make getting from point a to point b even easier.
GM’s latest reveal, the Origin, is an electric self-driving vehicle recently unveiled in San Francisco. Designed by GM and Honda Motors, Origin in a driverless shuttle capable of holding six passengers at a time.
Designed to drive both on highways and in the city, the Origin has wide sliding doors that allows two passengers to get in simultaneously. It also has sensors capable of determining whether you are entering or exiting based on weight measurement and seat belt detection.
This autonomous ridesharing vehicle is not be available for consumer purchase, but it can be accessed through Cruise, a ridesharing app. All you have to do is request a ride, enter a code when the shuttle arrives, and press a button to start your ride once you are inside.
Uber’s Autonomous Option
Uber is also looking to offer an autonomous ridesharing option to consumers. On 24 January 2020, Uber began testing autonomous vehicles in Washington, D.C. However, it’s important to note that these cars will be in manual driving mode, which means that a trained vehicle operator will be behind the wheel and alert at all times.
After the fatal incident in Arizona in 2018, Uber is being more careful. The company’s current approach to autonomous vehicle research involves collecting data in order to help create high-definition maps intended to serve as the foundational information for the autonomous system.
LAYER in London
LAYER, an experience design agency based in the UK, has released its own autonomous ridesharing vehicle called Joyn. The primary concept behind this vehicle was to give UK customers a private, safe, and environmentally friendly ride share option.
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