Frankfurt Motor Show, the automotive enthusiast community was sort of enveloped in the idea of automation and electrification.
The tiny and Smart robot taxi by Frankfurt Motor Show 2017

More brands are pushing the idea of having cars without any means of actually controlling them. In some sort of dystopian future where all cars drive themselves (yuck), we’re supposedly going to have a bunch of little robot-taxis ushering us around. Basically, we’re all going to become the fat guy at the end of Wall-E. Daimler showed off its vision of this with the Smart Vision EQ.

This new Smart concept shows off a new car seemingly designed solely for Lyft and Uber. It’s a tiny little hatchback, in the traditional Smart way, but one completely devoid of traditional automotive controls. So it lacks pedals, a steering wheel or any way for passengers to actually control what’s going on. Instead, there’s just a massive touchscreen that shows the occupants’ faces, the map and their destination. Though, there is a very tempting “Pull Here” lever on the floor in front of the passengers that I really, really wanna pull.


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