The fact that the body is made of carbon fiber doesn't hurt, either. Spiri's website boasts that the four-door car has more legroom than a Mercedes Benz S-Class and that the prototype's seats are "big enough to comfortably share a ride without sharing your personal space." Which is important considering that passengers are the drivers, unlike say, Uber and Lyft's model of independent contractors serving as drivers. If you're driving one, it's expected that you'll pick up a few riders on the way to your destination. Rides will supposedly run about the price of a bus ticket.
Spiri says that service should begin next year in either Denmark, Germany, Sweden or the United Kingdom.
This article by Timothy J. Seppala originally ran on Engadget, the definitive guide to this connected life.