Volkswagen has unveiled its newest forward-thinking concept, although this time it’s not just a car but an entire ride sharing infrastructure to go with it.
The Volkswagen Group’s mobility division, MOIA, aims to reduce traffic in major cities through its ride sharing services - which it calls ride pooling - potentially taking as many as one million cars off the road.
The rather unimaginatively named ‘MOIA car’ is a key part of that mobility solution, offering space for six passengers in stand-alone seats, with enough interior space to allow freedom of movement to aid entry and egress.
Specifically designed for the purpose of passenger collection, each seat provides reading lights and USB ports to ensure rider’s never need to interact with each other, while luggage space is provided up front, next to the driver.
As a fully-electric vehicle, the MOIA car is capable of travelling up to 300 kilometres on a single charge with a fast-charge function that can top the battery up by 80 percent in 30 minutes.
Development of the vehicle took place in record time, with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles claiming to have developed and built the car inside 10 months, although it makes no mention of the fact the MOIA car is clearly based on the existing Crafter van.
The concept will be displayed for the first time at TechCrunch 2017 in Berlin, with the first car to launch in Hamburg by the end of 2018.
"We started one year ago at TechCrunch in London with the vision of partnering with cities to improve the efficiency on their streets.” MOIA CEO, Ole Harms said.
“We want to create a solution for the typical transport problems that cities face, such as traffic, air and noise pollution, and lack of space, while simultaneously helping them reach their sustainability goals.”
As well as providing vehicles, MOIA will also develop a customer app used to power the service, which shows nearby available vehicles and can calculate ride costs much like Uber’s app, as well as the ability to group passengers with similar destinations to maximise driver efficiency.