Ideo has designed a ride-sharing minivan concept:
Ideo's minivan concept would allow riders to book an individual "seat pod" in advance and set it to social or private mode (activating noise cancellation technology) addresses aspects of this. It is designed with personal storage space for each passenger underneath the seat and a large, private locker for the car's owner. The pods can be rotated away if you want privacy or towards people if you're feeling chatty and the car would feature visors for passengers to watch films, hold video calls or work online. Drivers can opt to ride alone or offset the cost by picking up others, or renting out the car. Passengers could reduce the price they pay by agreeing to run errands for the owner.
And the company envisages a driverless, ride-sharing future where transportation "becomes a utility". Cilimingras said:
Most cars are only used for a small portion of any given day. When they are used, it’s mostly by a single driver. They’re an expensive, inefficient and under-used resource, and by taking up so much space, they put a real strain on our cities. Our design allows owners to share rides when using their car and rent it to other people when they’re not, vastly reducing the cost of vehicle ownership.Read more: Driverless cars have officially hit the UK's roads for the first time