New Look of Self Driving Cars has a Futuristic Look!

Waymo Firefly self-driving car.WAYMO The term “self-driving car” might conjure up images of an autonomous four-door sedan, but self-driving vehicles are likely to take many forms, including shapes that...
Waymo Firefly self-driving car.

Waymo Firefly self-driving car.WAYMO

The term “self-driving car” might conjure up images of an autonomous four-door sedan, but self-driving vehicles are likely to take many forms, including shapes that have never before been considered for transportation.

Consider the Nuro self-driving delivery vehicle, currently slated to begin public tests this fall with the grocery store Kroger.

Nuro's self-driving delivery vehicle has space for groceries, but not for passengers.

Nuro’s self-driving delivery vehicle has space for groceries, but not for passengers.NURO AND KROGER

 

This vehicle was specifically designed to deliver goods on public roads. So it has a chassis and drivetrain appropriate for the street, but is small and efficient, with no space for passengers.

On the other end of the spectrum are self-driving shuttles from companies like Navya and May Mobility.

Navya autonomous shuttle at M-City.

A Navya autonomous shuttle at M-City.NAVYA

 

These vehicles are designed to ferry groups of unrelated people to different stops on a loop. The resemblance is closer to an airport tram car on wheels than it is to a bus.

The Hertz Cinema Car takes vehicle design in a truly novel direction. Although it is presently not self-driving, autonomy seems like a logical next step for the vehicle.

 

 

History offers a guide as to the pace at which autonomy might change vehicle forms. In the 19th century, the very first automobiles were called “horseless carriages”. True to the name, these models had the structure of horse-drawn carriages, just without the livery.

The Lutzmann Carriage was an early automobile that looked more like a “horseless carriage” than a modern car.WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

It didn’t take long for automobile designers to change the form of the vehicle into something more conducive to its purpose. Indeed, the Ford Model T, which has a form broadly similar to modern sedans, debuted in 1908.

Probably, it won’t take long for autonomous vehicle designers to adapt the design of the self-driving vehicle, either.

Source: forbes.com 

Photo Credit: Smithsonian Magazine

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