Self-driving taxi for one would be the ultimate solo commuter ride

  • These self driving taxis could be here sooner than we think
  • With no room for a driver or extra passengers, it’s a solo ride
  • There’s still room for your luggage, however

Published on Jun 14, 2024 at 7:44 PM (UTC+4)
by Ben Thompson

Last updated on Jun 15, 2024 at 11:04 AM (UTC+4)
Edited by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Self-driving taxis may be on the horizon and I know many people will be overjoyed at that news.

Let’s face it, if you’re an introvert, making small talk with a taxi driver won’t be your favorite thing.

TAXI for one, designed as a collaboration between TVS and the Royal College of Art, does exactly what it says on the tin.

Self-driving solo taxis

What are the self-driving taxis?

It may look like a mini golf cart – but thankfully not this weird one -split into two, but it serves as a self-driving vehicle for one passenger.

With no driver and no additional passengers, it’s perfect for anyone looking to make a solo commute – not unlike the Peel P50 with room for one plus a shopping bag.

However, the design doesn’t leave a lot of space for reclining the seat or stretching your legs, so it’s not ideal for long trips.

It’s best suited for workers who are heading to and from work in the inner city – although this woman commutes to and from work by plane because it’s cheaper than renting.

Self-driving solo taxis

Yet, there’s still room for storage – a compartment in the front of the vehicle holds bags and other accessories.

When we can expect to see these tiny taxis on our streets remains to be seen.

Its competitors


Tesla took to X to post a video featuring crucial new details about the Cybercab.

In it, we get to see the design of the car, which features a glass roof and no steering wheel.

The video also shows the hailing system that the cabs will use.

However, CEO, Elon Musk claimed that he had nothing to do with it.

“The Tesla team put this together of their own volition,” he posted on X.

All will be revealed on 8 August.

Meanwhile, the CEO of RIMAC has teased that their autonomous robotaxis will ‘change the lives of more people’.

The full reveal will take place on June 26 with the autonomous robotaxi set to release in 2026

It will only be available in limited countries, however.

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Ben Thompson

Ben got his start in journalism at Kennedy News and Media, writing stories for national newspapers, websites and magazines. Now working as a freelancer, he divides his time between teaching at News Associates and writing for news sites on all subjects.