IDAL wrote:I think they've missed an opportunity to be truly innovative./
A self-driving car doesn't fit the bill? Tough audience.
But what are you looking for? Something other than 4 wheels? Something other than a seated position? No windows? No headlights? No safety belts? No doors?
Sure, you can do those things, but they would likely be dismissed as gimmicky.
I suppose you could have the passengers facing each other, front to back like a train car, but this is a small 2-seat commuter, 2 people facing each other can be awkward.
I would like the seats to recline enough to nap, other than that, there easily could be a tray (like a plane) for my computer/book/food/whatever or a head-up display. But showing a tray is not something I would call innovative, neither would be a head-up display.
Well, we've been hearing about autonomous cars for the last 3 - 4 years I think, I expected something else than a regular car without a steering wheel. If you are going around the city in a car without driving it, I'd rather use the time for something else than staring at the other cars. For a prototype that doesn't go over 40 kph, they could have gone to something closer to the FUMU concept IDiot posted before. Public buses use that kind of layout without seat belts, for example.
I understand the reason of the cute look they gave it, but I think the render they showed was a better than the final result. The face was softer and the roof sensors were part of the design, not just an add-on. I personally would like something more serious than this, something that doesn't look like a toy, but something I can trust. I guess over the next years will see some concepts from car manufacturers including this technology.
Cool idea! For the elderly, it'd be cool if the seat was also moving forward to the edge, the car would be easier to access, I think.
Now, thinkin how to game the system. Imagine these cars automatically dynamically react to vehicles and other moving objects around them, and there is a traffic slow down. If hypothetically a fast moving Audi that is full manual approaches from the rear at a velocity much faster than the autonomous car, will it automatically pull over to the side of the road and get out of the way? If so, the manual commute just got more fun.
I think I have an idea of who would be behind the wheel of that Audi...