individual Cars end of story?
If Corralling a crowd of adults into a single vehicle glamourous, comfortable, or easy, then we are in a new era. A Copenhagen-based company has brewed up a petrol-free car option that looks practical, based on an application and can cramp your life style saving money, renewable energies and adding socializing to life. The company is called, Spiri, and hopes to combine on-demand ride-sharing with eco-friendly carpooling for a hipper, Uber-like alternative that could spell doom for unflattering minivans. Who knows? Capital distribution can reinforce our way of travelling.
Spiri has higher-ups who include former engineers and execs from the likes of Aston Martin and Tesla. Translation should be solved. Especially after the autumn 2016 chinese accident of self driven Tesla; no auto pilot yet but by 2017 or 2019 thousands of vehicles and millions of hours, including VW will reinforce security.
Spiri car is all-electric vehicle that's a modest about 800 Kgr, has a carbon fibre body, an impressive 380 Killometers range
, and the ability to recharge its 36.5kWh battery in as little as 40 minutes. Reminds me of my electric bicycle. All CE products have to be translated to all European languages.
The company envisions customers renting out a Spiri using an app, and then picking up strangers along the way who are headed in the same direction, and who are automatically matched with the driver.
Carpooling in a new age. After the journey, the service tells you the nearest drop-off spot to return the vehicle; no need to look for parking : just like autolib in Paris.
The effort launches next year, with sign-ups open on the company website for folks who want to be a part of the initial pilot programme. It's free if you take the initiative to be the driver; it costs as much a a public bus if you prefer to bum a ride, and your credit card is charged automatically: no cash economy.
Just like Uber, all in one app. (translate: application smartphone based).
“We are filling the gap between what urban transport looks like now and what it will be like when self-driving cars come on the market,” says Aika Poulain, PR and communications manager at Spiri.
The car satisfies a list of contemporary car buzzwords: Ride-share, electric, low-cost. It’s one thing to reinvent the business model — think UberPool in which a driver uses his or her own personal ride to wrangle individual strangers who share a common destination all at once — but it’s another thing to reinvent the vehicle itself.
Spiri is thinking about carpooling at its most elemental level. What does a vehicle actually need to look like to most comfortably and effectively haul multiple people at once?
I hope VW European works council in Belgium will remember when chosing interpreters in French / German / English / Spanish / Rumanian, than concepts like Lupo can sell more expensive as a 2nd hand car, especially after 2007 economic crisis. All that is needed is ask if function or prestige is the priority ;-)
Spiri starts with the most obvious request of confort: Space. Backseat all passengers means get as much leg room as those in the front, and Spiri can maximise wriggle room. If the Spiri ride is cheap to make, and cheap to use i.e. a ride will cost the same amount as bus fare why not choose it?
Asking the question: But why build a whole new car from scratch, instead of buying something off the shelf?
Spiri claims it’s not just about building a different kind of car, but a whole new kind of transportation.
“Current cars are heavy, bulky, and expensive, and our style on-demand carpooling service would wear and tear these cars from the multiple-a-day trips on daily basis,” says Poulain. The vehicle isn’t exactly complex; it’s made of just 700 parts, instead of the thousands found in normal cars.
Does that mean thousands of subcontractors in car industry have to adapt, change their production? Yes, I guess they will be liberated to the fourth industrial revolution.
The concept car took 11 months to design and build the first prototype, as a “lab on wheels”. The bizarre tyre layout, with the front two so close together is an advantage since it is found that such designs result in fewer required parts and needed bodywork in the front end. But, by squeezing in a fourth tyre in the front gives the car the same stability as a four-wheeler.
The prototype exists today 2016, it will actually cruise the streets of the yet-to-be-picked test city and see just how effectively it can ferry riders en masse.
Does Spiri look at a service like UberPool as a competitor?
No way: We like to think that car ownership is our biggest competitor. There is no individual driver making money off his or her fares, and that the goal is to create something that's powered on community. The ultimate dream is to provide such an outstanding urban transport service and product that the concept of owning a vehicle becomes unattractive to people.
This is the real revolution.
Is is coming? That remains to be seen.
www dot spiri dot io