Some city councils already work together with ride-hailers to provide a sort of public service in transporting them. Public transport schedules don’t offer 24/7 services. Besides, because of their sheer bulk, buses, trams and metros are extremely wasteful when they carry just a few passengers or even none. What better than to deploy smaller transport modes, particularly when certain lines were cancelled. That’s why Chariot in SF started services. It went out of business last year though. As an experiment, Chariot was interesting. There is a vast grey zone between public transport, car- and ride-sharing, and ride-hailing. I foresee even smaller vehicles that could carry people in ‘off-hours’ to their destination in and around town, for a lot of very interesting reasons to all parties involved, last but not least of those, driverless ride-hailing.

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