In our fast paced ADD laden society, the simple joy of driving is falling by the wayside to texting, browsing Reddit, and YouTube and Netflix binges. Of course, you could also be reading, learning a new language, or catching up on your work emails, but life is too short for arduous productivity. The technology of the near future will give us more free time, make us more productive, and hopefully help us live healthier lives.
At the 2017 SXSW in Austin, Texas, a new player in the electric automotive game, Nio, unveiled the Eve, a fully autonomous, electric vehicle. In fact, the Eve doesnt even seem to feature a steering wheel. Not sure if they will add that feature later, in 2020, when the startup plans to roll out the model. The Eve is basically a comfortable living space for you to spend your newfound free time while the car takes you to your destination.
Imagine having your own taxi on call without the Marlboro smelling operator at the wheel. Eve will feature Nomi, an interactive AI system that will allow you to interface with the car. Hopefully, in 2020 it will be more precise than Siri is when you are trying to order pizza. The Eve will also feature active glass, so you can learn constellations while you ride, an innocent example included in the promotional video.
The Eve also features sliding passenger doors and hopefully a 600 mile range. Nio thinks by 2020, this will be possible with a charging rate of 200 miles per 10 minutes. While Nio debuted the NIO EP9 late last year, the “fastest electric vehicle” with a 0-60 mph of 2.7 seconds, they have yet to manufacture the car. Their autonomous concept is still very much in the ether until we get closer to 2020.