Carsharing, electronic cars, autonomous driving cars – those are the buzzwords when you think about the future of travelling. But is it true, that we will travel like this in the next years? How close are the technical developments? And what do we have to except? You will find a little summary about what’s going on here:
The issue of carsharing is very present, at least in the metropolises. People who live in the city don’t need an own car, but want to beflexible anyhow, so why not share a car with 100000 of other people who have the same needs? Just reserve the car in the corresponding app, open the car with your card, drive to your destination, park it and pay automatically with your connected credit card – perfectly simple. The cities recognized: those who use carsharing on a permanently basis, dispose their own cars. And if you convert that, 1 car in the carsharing float replaces around 10 private cars. Next to carsharing, there are a lot of cities which support the concept of bikesharing as well. Why only share your car, wehen you can share your bike, too? The concept is the same and gives people the possibility to ride a bike instead of taking a taxi for every short distance.
The carsharing-provider DriveNow from BMW as well as its biggest competitor Car2Go from Daimler are currently extending their basis of electronic cars. It’s very clear to see: the future of driving is electronic! The only deficit is that there are still not enough charging stations in Germany yet. But that is about to change in the next years. The pioneer country Norway just stated, that there will be no licenses for new cars with combustion engine by 2025 in Norway. Germany is starting to push the use of electronic cars as well, but it’s still a long way. Especially because there is a lot of critic in Germany concerning the huge amount of jobs which would just disappear if a prohibition of combustion & diesel engine would be stated too early.
The topic “autonomous driving” is THE buzzword when it comes to the future of travelling. And it could turn our driving habits absoluetely upside down. The big companies like Apple, Google and Amazon are already developing and testing different kinds of autonomous driving. Those machines will be linked to the people via Apps, will communicate with the whole infrastructure and be in a permanent data exchange with other vehicles. So are we able to sit in our cars and work while they are driving autonomously soon? Well, that is a difficult question, because there are lot of critical voices about the machines having no moral understanding. They ask: how can a robot possibly make the right decision in precarious situations where lives of people are at risk? Or are we able to integrate a human like moral comprehension into a robot? The answer to this questions is not distinct, in fact it leads to other questions: who will be liable if the autonomous car does a mistake? The producer? The programmer?Or the “real” driver, who sits in the car? Those questions are hard to answer and very important to ask. So till those and more questions can’t be answered in a propriate way, it seems like we still have to wait for completely autonomous cars.
It remains exciting, how we will travel through the world in a few years, but we are sure: You will find the way to our Living Hotels, whether you are driving with your carsharing-electronic car or you will be driven from your autonomous car 🙂
P.S.: Of course we have E-charging stations in some of our Livinghotels.