The Smart Vision EQ Fortwo could make you reconsider. This is the first Daimler concept without a steering wheel (or a joystick); it’s a fully autonomous electric car. And it’s actually cool.
There is a “black panel” in place of the grille. This can be used to display messages and symbols, such as when the car approaches passengers to pick them up or when it invites pedestrians to cross the street in front of the car. The head- and taillights can look like a regular car’s, or they can assume a humanoid appearance. They don’t really need to provide much forward-looking light anymore, because this autonomous vehicle is in the know about its surroundings.
The doors open backward and rotate around the rear axle. They, too, can be used as a display. Inside, the Vision EQ Fortwo is a futuristic pod, with a huge, 24.0-inch display that’s flanked by two 4.0-inch displays. To please the PETA crowd (and, presumably, to lower costs), the seats are covered in faux leather, and the two positions can be separated by a center armrest. But since the car allows you to “make contact with other interesting users,” as the press release claims, you might prefer to fold the armrest out of the way. The idea is that you’d pick up travel companions by comparing profiles and travel plans online.