Steel is enabling the next generation of ride-hailing and ride-sharing services
The Steel E-Motive Program is developing fully autonomous vehicle concepts for mobility as a service applications. Steel is enabling us to push the boundaries of what a mobility as a service vehicle can be. It is allowing us to meet consumer requirements for the next generation of ride hailing and ride sharing services.
What is the difference between ride sharing and ride hailing?
Whilst both are mobility as a service concepts, ride sharing and ride hailing offer slightly different services.
A ride hailing service usually refers to the hiring of a personal driver to take customers to a specific destination. It is a private hire, and you are not expected to share the vehicle with other passengers. Ride sharing is the bridge between public transport and hiring a taxi service. A journey is usually shared between multiple people. The vehicle will make several stops on the way to a destination pick up or drop off passengers. Ride hailing and ride sharing are becoming increasingly popular with multiple Mobility Service Providers moving in to take a portion of the market in recent years.
What do the next generation of mobility as a service vehicles need in order to succeed?
Consumers have always expected a safe, affordable, and comfortable experience from their mobility service providers. With car ownership in urban areas falling, we expect that people will turn to ride-sharing platforms and public transport to get them around. This means that future mobility solutions will need to be cost-effective to encourage uptake of ride sharing and ride hailing services.
Increasingly, sustainability is becoming more of a requirement for the environmentally conscious passenger. This is particularly the case for ride sharing services. By sharing vehicles with others, it reduces the amount of traffic on the roads which equates to less pollution and less congestion.
Steel is enabling the Steel E-Motive vehicles to be effective ride hailing and ride sharing services
The Steel E-Motive program is developing two fully autonomous vehicle concepts which are specifically designed to meet mobility as a service requirements from 2030 onwards. We are using Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) technologies to design vehicle concepts which provide the safe, comfortable, convenient, and cost-effective transportation service which customers expect, with the view to minimizing environmental impact.
Consumers need reassurance that future autonomous ride- hailing and sharing vehicles are safe. We are using the latest AHSS grades, processes and innovations to meet all current and future crash safety requirements for our target deployment date of 2030.
Ride hailing and ride sharing vehicles need to provide safe, comfortable, convenient and cost effective public transportation
Steel E-Motive will demonstrate how MaaS vehicles can benefit from a steel structure to decrease the impact of transportation emissions on the environment. We are using steel to achieve the lowest total life cycle emissions, determined by continual application of Life Cycle Assessment throughout the development process; from production through to end of life.
We are pushing the boundaries of AHSS steel, the fabrication process and joining methods to ensure that our vehicle architecture is durable, cost-effective and lightweight. This will enable ride hailing and ride sharing services which meet the requirements of the consumer of the future.
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