Cute, Minimal, Economic in every way

Will Americans “Get It?”

The new MOTIV city car from Gordon Murray Design is red on top, white on the bottom, and can only hold one passenger at a time. It’s an autonomous electric pod that contains its occupant when in transit, and pops open to release them when it’s time to go to work…

The single-seater street car is designed to provide a method of travel for the people who often commute solo (most of the world) which has as little impact on the environment and traffic patterns as possible. It’s just 64 inches tall, 100 inches long, and 51 inches wide, meaning it’ll take up less room on the road, and perhaps most importantly less room in parking situations…

The point of this thing is to reduce carbon emissions for commuting through busy cities, aiming to replace emissions-heavy single occupancy in a large combustion engine vehicle with this little electric pod. That said, it is configurable to allow two passengers…can be adapted for wheelchair transport, and can be emptied out completely for 39 cubic feet of goods delivery…

Crucially, the MOTIV has not been developed with the autonomous software installed, but it has the high-voltage wiring harness and processing power built in to adapt any company’s stand-alone autonomous digital architecture. This wouldn’t be a bad way to start implementing geofenced autonomy, if you ask me. I’d consider taking a ride across town in a Poké Ball shared mobility pod thing. It has most of the convenience and eco-friendliness of taking an electric scooter, but with a roof to keep you out of the weather. Why not?

In the 46 years I worked fulltime, one job or another, here and there in the GOUSA, there was less than 1 year I can recall where this wouldn’t have been practical for me. And that was because of a commute to and from work a tad over 45 miles one-way. Otherwise, like most folks, I never shared that drive with anyone else. Critter would have saved me a whole lotta nines!

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