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    Smart has built a self-driving, car-sharing concept

    Written by TopGear.com

    This is the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo, and it is the first car in Daimler"s mighty empire to completely do without a steering wheel or any pedals. Welcome, to a rather scary, wipe-clean future.The reason for a lack of anything to actually, y"know, direct the car manually, comes from its brief. Smart describes it thusly: "A new vision of urban mobility and individualised, highly flexible, totally efficient local public transport." It"s a self-driving electric city car that ride shares, then.The Vision EQ is the smallest car to come under Merc"s EQ umbrella, and is a response to the latest trend of car-sharing (particularly popular in big US cities like LA); latest studies show that users of car share schemes globally will quintuple between now and 2025 to 36.7 million.So, the car. It"s a smidge longer, wider and shorter than your regular Smart Fortwo coupe, and features an all-electric drivetrain with a 30kWh lithium-ion battery on board, able to charge inductively. Inside you get a 24in display instead of a dashboard and, slightly disturbingly, an "easy to clean" leather bench seat (it is a shared car, after all). Outside, the vehicle"s colours can be adapted to what the user fancies at that point in time, while the doors pivot "wing-like" over the rear axle. Makes getting in and out of the thing a bit easier, and reduces the chances of colliding with cyclists and other humans.Now for the autonomous bit. The tech uses something called "swarm intelligence" to find the user as opposed to the other way around - it will probably already be nearby, we"re told, making trekking to a hire car point is redundant. "The interconnected vehicles are always on the road," Smart says. The cars can be summoned using a phone, and have a 44in panel at the front that lets the person know it"s the car they requested. Once inside, the level of technology takes off into the stratosphere; those that want to can use a 1+1 sharing function to pair them with other potential passengers on a similar route to themselves, and the interior screen will show any corresponding interests between both users. "The extra time gained as a result of travelling in an autonomous vehicle can be used to chat and interact," explains Smart. Who knows, maybe in the future it"ll be the next Tinder. Or maybe not.

    Date written: 30 Aug 2017

    More of this article on the Top gear website

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    On my way? I say oh my gawd!!

    No thank you!
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    me! me! I wanna do an LS1 conversion!!!

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    But if you put that in it - there would be no where to sit lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by an88fiero View Post
    But if you put that in it - there would be no where to sit lol

    That's the point. Even with LS1 power I still wouldn't want to drive it!

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