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Arrival reveals first prototype of electric car developed with Uber

Arrival reveals first prototyp...
Arrival has worked with Uber drivers on an electric people mover that will offer the best experience for them and their passengers
Arrival has worked with Uber drivers on an electric people mover that will offer the best experience for them and their passengers
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Arrival has worked with Uber drivers on an electric people mover that will offer the best experience for them and their passengers
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Arrival has worked with Uber drivers on an electric people mover that will offer the best experience for them and their passengers
The trunk can take two full-size suitcases, there's room for three passengers in back, and if the passenger seat up front isn't needed, it can be folded down and pushed forward for more space in back
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The trunk can take two full-size suitcases, there's room for three passengers in back, and if the passenger seat up front isn't needed, it can be folded down and pushed forward for more space in back
The Arrival Car features an expansive infinity roof so passengers can take in the sights of the city as they're transported to their destination
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The Arrival Car features an expansive infinity roof so passengers can take in the sights of the city as they're transported to their destination
The all-electric Arrival Car has been designed specifically for the ride hailing sector, which boasts some 30 million drivers and gets more than 500 million ride hailers where they need to every month
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The all-electric Arrival Car has been designed specifically for the ride hailing sector, which boasts some 30 million drivers and gets more than 500 million ride hailers where they need to every month
The Arrival Car seats up to three passengers in back, who can enjoy lots of leg room and an airy feel thanks to an expansive transparent roof
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The Arrival Car seats up to three passengers in back, who can enjoy lots of leg room and an airy feel thanks to an expansive transparent roof
The design see the driver pushed forward as much as possible, and sitting in an elevated positions for optimum visibility
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The design see the driver pushed forward as much as possible, and sitting in an elevated positions for optimum visibility
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Back in May, UK electric mobility company Arrival partnered with US mobility-as-a-service provider Uber to work on an electric vehicle built for ride-hailing drivers and passengers. Now the first working prototype of the Arrival Car has been revealed.

The Arrival Car is being developed as part of an effort to move the estimated 30 million ride-hailing drivers across the globe to zero tailpipe emissions vehicles. And to take drawings and renders into the real world, Arrival worked with Uber drivers to provide the best experience for them and their passengers.

"The first reveal of the Arrival Car is an exciting moment for Uber drivers, who are switching to electric vehicles at a much faster rate than the mass market," said Arrival's Jamie Heywood. "Uber drivers have been working with Arrival to provide feedback on the design of the first purpose built, fully electric car for the ride-hailing industry."

Since a ride-hail vehicle could clock up an average of 50,000 km (~31,000 miles) each year, the company says that the design puts cost, uptime, driver comfort, safety and convenience in focus.

The trunk can take two full-size suitcases, there's room for three passengers in back, and if the passenger seat up front isn't needed, it can be folded down and pushed forward for more space in back
The trunk can take two full-size suitcases, there's room for three passengers in back, and if the passenger seat up front isn't needed, it can be folded down and pushed forward for more space in back

The fully working Alpha prototype of the Arrival Car reportedly occupies roughly the same external footprint as a VW Golf, but with twice the leg room for passengers as an average car of the same length. Passenger space can be increased again by folding down the front passenger seat and pushing it forward to the dashboard.

There's room for three passenger in the back, and if occupants look up, they are treated to an expansive infinity roof to take in the sights of the city as they roll quietly to their destination courtesy of the vehicle's battery-electric drivetrain – though no actual specs have been revealed at this time.

The design also sees the driver pushed forward and sat in an elevated position for improved visibility. All non-essential buttons, dials and cabin equipment have been stripped out, with most physical controls now activated using the touchscreen panel in the center of the dash. That display is also used for navigation, for digital instruments, to show vehicle status and more, but it could be used to host driver ID info for passengers.

Arrival is due to start testing the Car next month, and is already working on the next series of prototypes ahead of production. The video below has more.

A first look at the Arrival Car prototype

Source: Arrival

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pete-y
the driver looks like he needs to move much further forward - surely that would give space for the jump seats you get in proper taxis??
Gabe Ets-Hokin
This is exciting from a rideshare driver's perspective. I would ask for an optional third row of seats and a hybrid motor variant (or perhaps range-extended PHEV). I agree with pete-y there could be a pull-down rear-facing jump seat, but OTOH don't forget that Uber drivers need a family car when they're not working, so closer to normal is better.
Nelson Hyde Chick
It looks like they have designed it to be driveless once AI makes the Uber driver obsolete.