National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) unveiled its InMotion autonomous people pod concept at the CES Asia show in Shanghai, making its debut alongside the company’s new Saab-based all-electric cars.
The NEVS vision is for the electric InMotion to serve as a form of public transport, rather than as a vehicle to be purchased for personal use.
InMotion is designed for a future where shared vehicles are the norm and private car ownership is less popular than it is today.
The autonomous vehicle – which has no steering wheel or pedals – is linked to a mobile-phone app which can store each user’s personal settings for their InMotion ride. With the app, users can adjust the interior lighting, climate-control settings, and seat position. The seats can be arranged in three ways: a private setup, a social arrangement, or a meeting grouping.
The NEVS press release says that the InMotion concept is designed for a future where shared vehicles are the norm and private car ownership is less popular than it is today. Autonomous cars are expected to reduce congestion, as one self-driving pod could replace up to 10 cars on busy city streets.