The BOT Autonomous Cab would be an invaluable addition to the transportation systems of metropolitan areas and their outskirts. It would be a great means of merging the best features of public transit and personal automobiles to enhance convenience, eco-friendliness an cost-effectiveness.
Chris Luchowiec's idea for the Michelin Challenge is this four-seater driverless vehicle that can be ordered to your door like a taxi with the help of a smartphone app. A smart system of route planning and timing would enable the compact shuttle to pick up others along the way who are also aiming for your approximate destination. Solving the inefficiency of empty buses and single-passenger cabs, the BOT Autonomous Cab intelligently works its way through traffic with the assistance of sensors. It also encourages socializing between strangers.