If you didn’t already know, there’s a huge urban mobility revolution lurking, and it’s looking like the way we get from A to B in cities and towns is to be shaken up by all new and exciting transport technologies. We’ve certainly come a long way since the invention of the wheel, that’s for sure.

Innovating companies across the globe are continuously developing different solutions to our ever-changing habits and needs in transportation, and now one of the most important developments in the future of personal transport is the concept of autonomous ridesharing. Here’s a rundown of what you should know and expect from ridesharing in 2021 and beyond.

What exactly is autonomous car-sharing?
Just like how Uber and other smart-phone transport apps have created quick and simple ways of hitching a ride across town, fellow companies like Ridecell have now gone one step further by developing different autonomous car-sharing softwares that provide the best, most convenient ride sharing experiences yet. 

Their state-of-the-art mobile platforms can now automatically reserve and pre-schedule a journey with a driver you need in just the tap of a screen. What’s more, you’ll save money, time, and fuel by sharing the journey with a fellow rider or driver traveling on a similar route to you. 

What is the experience like?
The concept of autonomous car-sharing is very similar to the mobile-booked journeys you’ve likely taken before. However, the experience for you as the rider will now be even more convenient and easy-to-use. By using the algorithms of dispatch and operation centers, these car-sharing platforms serve you a no-fuss matched rider or driver, next-to-nothing wait times, and real-time tracking of your vehicle on route.

Who can benefit from autonomous car-sharing?
Well, you can get involved in the services as either a rider or a driver. Riders can join a nearby car to hitch a quick ride wherever and whenever they need. On the other hand, the drivers picking them up will usually drive their own vehicle and can use the service to work as flexibly as they like, accepting bookings as and when suits them. Anyone can start a new ridesharing service and they’re a great way of offering similar journey-goers an economical and environmentally-friendly alternative to standard taxis.

Are there any safety precautions I should consider?
Like other mobile transport systems, personal security is something needing to be taken seriously. Despite certain safety regulations like background checks and tracking monitors being put into place, it’s still essential you use the services with precaution. Take steps like verifying the driver’s identity as you get into the vehicle and always inform someone of your whereabouts whenever you take a ride.

Another concern you may want to think about is the ongoing Covid spread. 2021 is set to be another year of putting safety first and always taking extra precautions in how we move about public spaces, so ensure you and your driver are keeping a safe distance and sanitizing whenever appropriate.