The Life of a Commuter is Terrible

Every morning a commuter gets in their car and drives to work. For many, the ‘commute’ is long, frustrating, and unproductive. It is, for them, the worst time of the day.

This impacts both their colleagues and their family. For many who live in Toronto, Los Angeles, or New York City, the commute is as long as 2 hours in each direction. 20 hours of frustration each week. 20 hours not with your family or friends.

Wasted Time

13.5 Million

Commuters in Canada

74%

Commute by car

11%

Commute by public transit

20 Hours

Lost time per week

We Can Provide Relief

With the arrival of Autonomous Cars, these 20 hours every week can be converted to productive, even happy time.

What is the market is North America?

  • 10.0 Million Canadians drive to work every working day
  • 100.0 Million Americans drive to work every working day.

A Commuter’s Car should support the commuter

An EV AV (electrically powered, no driver needed) car can be an extension of home: catch up on sleep, catch up with friends, read a book…write a book!  See a replay of last night’s sports.

It can be an extension of your office. Empty your in-basket. Take a conference call to London. Organize your day. Quiet time to think about a client or… anything.

AVs can give you back 20 hours of your life every week. You deserve it.

Our Commuter Car

We will make three different Commuter Cars.  All Commuter Cars will be ~ 20% bigger than a Ford Expedition with a front like a light rail car. All the seats and environment look like the most elegant First-Class ‘seat’ in the best airline in the world – seatbelts and all. They can recline flat for sleeping on the home version. There is more desk space for the office version. There will be available a combined #2 and #3 space for a more ‘family’ look.

  1. At the front the seat swivels. Pointed forward, the occupant can ‘drive’ the car. Roll it around and it’s in the chosen environment: office or home.

2a. If the “one person” car is chosen, the back of the car will have open space before the rear of the car.

2b. In the Two or Three-people variant, there will be one of two chosen environments for the 2nd and 3rd occupant. Perfect for shared rides.

2c: The “family” version, the car will combine the #2 and #3 spaces into a more family environment.

Performance

The cars will:

  • Have an ‘active’ suspension system to ensure that the ride will be as smooth and comfortable as possible.
  • Both the front and back wheels can be steered for easy parking and more smooth driving.
  • It will be able to drive to 150 kph (100 mph) smoothly and effortlessly.

Drive Instead of Fly

Your Commuting Car can replace regional flying

You live in Atlanta, Georgia. You have business in Washington D.C. You have two ways to make that trip: fly or let your commuting car drive you there.

Fly

  1. Get into your (normal) car and drive to the Atlanta airport   1:00
  2. Park                                                                                                 0:30 
  3. Check in, go thru security, go to the gate                                  1:30
  4. Fly to Regan National                                                                   1:45
  5. Rent a car                                                                                       0:45
  6. Drive to your appointment                                                           1:00

    Total Time         6:15

Drive

from your house in Atlanta to your appointment in Washington D.C.

 

 

10.0 hours

3:45 hours longer

If you own a normal car, most people will fly. Driving 10 hours in a regular car is painful. But if you have a fully autonomous commuting car?

You can eat, drink, work, and sleep during the 10-hour drive. No searches or scans. No limits on bags. Your car has a reclining seat, lots of legroom, big TV, desk, or even a bed. Bring a colleague at no extra cost.

“Fast Company” did some research: Their findings

  • If the drive to their destination is 7 hours in a fully autonomous car, 67% of the people asked would drive.
  • If it is an 11-hour trip in a fully autonomous car, 44% would drive.
  • Even if it requires a 21-hour drive, if they are in a fully autonomous car, 27% would rather drive than fly.

A well-designed “commuting car” will be a game-changer in more than going to work – it will take over a significant amount of flying. Since our cars are also electrical, this shift will be great for protecting the environment.