Citroen (the car people) plus Accor (hotels) and advertising site company JCDecaux have joined forces to form what they call The Urban Collëctif, a new partnership where the three French companies are said to be developing a ‘shared vision for the future of urban mobility’.
It appears that the initial technological solution is The Citroën Skates and Pods, planned to be driverless, autonomous and interconnected. The ‘skates’ and ‘pods’ are being designed to travel quietly and improve traffic fluidity in dedicated lanes and are integrated into the urban environment in the most efficient and economical way.
Sitting on top of the base ‘skate’ will be The Sofitel En Voyage, Pullman Power Fitness and JCDecaux City Provider. Sofitel En Voyage is said to be ‘an exclusive urban mobility experience’, Pullman Power Fitness a ‘new way of playing sport and exercising while moving’, and JCDecaux City Provider an ‘innovative on-demand urban mobility service’.
What does all this mean? Answers on a postcard, please.