This Ride-Sharing Smart Minivan Heralds the Future of Self-Driving Cars

By Alissa Walker on at

Autonomous vehicles are likely going to have to do more than just drive themselves: they're also going to have to organise carpools. GM's EN-V was cute and all, but this Akka Link & Go 2.0 is more like a tiny bus—which is a much more reasonable proposition for a self-driving, car-sharing fleet.

Shown off this week at the Geneva International Motor Show, the Akka Link & Go 2.0 is an autonomous car that's designed to be social.

Is This Ride-Sharing Smart Minivan the Future of Self-Driving Cars?

It has all the technology that allows it to drive unaided by humans—cameras, lasers—and it can transform from human-driving to computer-driving mode by retracting the steering wheel and pivoting the drivers seat around to face the back. There's also a large screen there for watching cinematic gems like Escape from Planet Earth.

Is This Ride-Sharing Smart Minivan the Future of Self-Driving Cars?

But this is the interesting part: the Link & Go 2.0 has an integrated system which connects multiple passengers over a network to help with carpooling and car-sharing.

Is This Ride-Sharing Smart Minivan the Future of Self-Driving Cars?

So maybe before your city deploys its own self-driving taxi fleet, you can start your own private car-share with you and a few neighbours. Or how about opening up the car to your entire social network, and you can rideshare with them? Instead of ordering a taxi, you'd be able to find out which of your friends are nearest to you, and ping them to pick you up. [AKKA]