A new method of driverless public transportation designed by Italian company Next Future Transportation could be hitting streets within five years.
The Next system comprises a fleet of electric self-driving pods that can be called up and paid for through an app. On the road, the pods connect to each other, allowing the passengers to transfer between modules for a faster trip.
Next also offers a handful of service pods, letting riders call for food, drinks, a bathroom and more — without even slowing down.
The pods are less than 9 feet long and accommodate up to 10 people, with six seats and standing room for four.
Aside from streamlined public transportation, Next also plans to eventually introduce modular freights.
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