A company known as Canoo desires to become the “Netflix of vehicles” by providing the world’s first subscription-only electric vehicle, and at present, it has revealed its futuristic van-like EV.
The Canoo vehicle seems like a space-age transport pod, providing a more spacious interior for passengers while keeping the exterior footprint of a compact car. It has given space for seven people, and the rear seats are made to be comfortable and luxurious, similar to a sofa rather than a traditional car seat. Other features introduce the ability for anyone to control the navigation in the car, music from a smartphone or tablet.
The vehicle is provided with advanced driver-assistance systems including driver monitoring, using a total of seven cameras, five radars, and 12 ultrasonic sensors. These sensors can detect close by objects and different cars using deep learning algorithms for higher safety of the driver and passengers. The battery has plenty of juice and capacity with a range of 250 miles and the ability to charge to 80 % in under 30 minutes.
Subscription services for cars have become more usual, with Toyota, Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz getting in on the action, amongst others. However, there have been researches from controls after complaints from dealers, and never all the services have taken off, with Ford selecting to sell its subscription service earlier this month.
The Canoo EV subscription idea has lots to offer potential users; however, it’s incredibly tight for new companies to deliver a vehicle to production at scale. Canoo will now start beta testing a fleet of vehicles before switching focus to production by the end of the year. Starting in Los Angeles, the hope is to launch the service in 2021.