June 1st, 2015
Jan Chipchase's Twelve Concepts in Autonomous Mobility is pretty wonderful:
Recently met with the advanced design team of a Japanese client to discuss how autonomous mobility could play out. I've talked publicly about a few of these ideas before – behavioural musings/predictions based on existing practices across markets as diverse as the US, China, Japan and India.
Nookie mode: ensures you don't meet your vehicle when you're out and about until you are ready. This is named after the behaviour of couples who share location with one another to avoid each other on a big out when they may end up with new sexual partners for the night. If the purpose is to hook up the vehicle will increasingly be an option, autonomously driving to minimise discovery. Every car is a potential love-hotel room, albeit with wet wipes rather than great bathing facilities – I would expect them to be significantly impacted by the shorter end of the "short-stay" market, including highly transactional activities such as prostitution.
Hedge-parking: where your vehicle overbooks a number physical parking spaces based on your preferences of timing, location, flexibility and willingness to pay, but is unable to offload the unused spaces on the open market when the time comes to make the choice.