Robo-shuttles suit MaaS better than robotaxis

The gradual rise of the robotaxi means that Mobility as a Service will embrace self-driving vehicles, but their exact role is still a work in progress. By Xavier Boucherat

Automaker visions for autonomous vehicles (AV) have changed through the years: any suggestion that consumers will soon be able to own a fully capable, Level 5 AV before 2030 have been muted in favour of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and limited, geo-fenced robotaxi rollouts. Only Tesla continues to push the narrative of an AV in your garage with its ‘Full Self-Driving Capability’ offer, a US$10,000 extra which, despite the branding, offers no hands-off or eyes-off functionality.

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