MemberSeptember 1, 2021 at 3:07 pm
It’s an interesting business plan, build a dedicated cab or delivery vehicle. There hasn’t been a purpose built cab in the US since the demise of the Checker Marathon. Cabs have different requirements than personal cars. They operate almost exclusively in cities where the speeds are very low, 20MPH typically, stop frequently and put on huge numbers of miles a year, the typical NY cab does 70,000 miles a year. Unlike personal cars quick acceleration is undesirable because it uncomfortable for the passengers. They need easy access to luggage space and roomy backseats. Having all of the logistics and billing built into the infotainment system is also a huge plus. I like that they use a center driver’s seat, that makes it much easier for the cab driver to get out and help the passengers with their bags or with a wheel chair. BTW one of the fatal flaws of robotaxies is that the passenger is on their own when it comes to luggage and more importantly wheel chairs and walkers. Unless Tesla intends to include a Teslabot in their robotaxi’s they’ve got a problem with the ADA.
That said the Canoo looks like it would be a much better cab, it has much more passenger room and the luggage is with the passenger instead of a trunk.