While still just a concept, Skate, a modular and autonomous EV platform unveiled by Citroën this month, makes the future of urban commuting look pretty plush. Citroën envisions the Skate itself as a squat, low-profile, EV that tops out at about 15 mph.
Bulbous, spherical tires allow it to move adeptly in any direction and navigate tight city streets. Skate vehicles would have their own dedicated lanes and could be hailed privately on a per-trip basis.
While Citroën’s Skate may seem like more of a moonshot than a vision for the future, it’s in some ways closer to reality than full-fledged autonomous vehicles being promised by Tesla. For one, these pods only travel at 15 mph, so they don’t have nearly as high of a regulatory hurdle to overcome. Also, similar robot taxis, like those made by Optimus, have already been tested in major cities like New York.