Watch out, Uber. You got some competition in the coolest way to commute. And it’s premiering fairly soon.
Starting in March 2016 these robot taxi will be “tested” by travelers get around Fujisawa, Japan getting to and from their cool destinations. These passengers will test them by sitting in the drivers seat (just in case of passenger intervention needed). But really, everything else is taken care of.
Put in your destination and get whisked away by a self-driven car.
This is the first time robot taxis will be tested on real streets.
The target population for these cars is for elderly adults that have a hard time getting around themselves, so these cars are meant to help them out (awwww).
The ultimate goal is for the robot cars to be fully tested and ready to go for the 2020 Olympic Games. The technologist hope they will help safely travel all of the guests and travelers in the city during that time.
So, is it the commuting way of the future?
I say yes! Pick up the speed Google! Because maybe I’ll be hoping into one of these little babies and going for a ride pretty dang soon. As long as the robot lets me listen to my NPR podcasts and pick the radio station, I’m good.