Testfahrten mit fahrerlosen Autos

ANN ARBOR – Es ist der 15. Juni 2030. Sam und Sue aus Ann Arbor im amerikanischen Bundesstaat Michigan steht ein ereignisreicher Tag bevor. Ihre Tochter Sophia hat um 9 Uhr einen Karate-Kampf. Zu Mittag beginnt die Abschlussfeier ihrer älteren Tochter Sally an der High School und um 15 Uhr müssen daheim alle Vorbereitungen für Sallys Schulabschlussparty getroffen sein.

Um 8:40 Uhr bestellt Sam über eine Smartphone-App ein Fahrzeug bei Maghicle, einem Mobilitätsdienst in Ann Arbor, der selbstfahrende Roboterfahrzeuge einsetzt. Innerhalb von ein paar Minuten sind Sam, Sue und Sophia auf dem Weg zum Karate-Club. Während der Fahrt sieht sich Sophia Videos der letzten Kämpfe ihrer Gegnerin an, während Sue E-Mails bearbeitet und Sam Appetithappen und Blumen für die Party bestellt. Sie kommen pünktlich beim Karate-Club an und das Roboterfahrzeug fährt weiter, um in der Nähe neue Fahrgäste aufzunehmen.

Sally muss um 10:30 Uhr in ihrer Schule sein und hat bereits ein Maghicle bestellt. Als sie um 10:15 Uhr einsteigt, erreicht sie eine Nachricht ihrer besten Freundin Amanda, die mit ihr mitfahren möchte. Sally gibt Amandas Adresse in die Maghicle-App ein und das Roboterfahrzeug wählt die beste Route dorthin aus.  

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