Spare hour a day in your autonomous car? What would you do?

Spare hour a day in your autonomous car? What would you do?

If a self-driving car could give you back an hour each day, how would you use it? That's the rhetorical question we asked this week.

Continuing just-auto/QUBE's series of research snapshots, this one takes a sideways look at the autonomous car. With 'driverless cars' often in the media spotlight, a number of studies have been carried out to discover how people might spend their free time in such vehicles. Self-driving cars may still be a way down the road but Ford believes that many people can already foresee the life changing difference they will make. A Ford commissioned survey of 5,000 adults showed how drivers would spend the time in self-driving cars.

Also popular with readers this week: analysis of smart cars - as in Daimler's Smart brand (for which they insist on a small 's' as BMW likes to emphasise 'MINI' in capitals). Following on from the exploration of Mercedes-Maybach's current and future models line-up, this is the second feature in just-auto's focus on Daimler brands.

Volkswagen has been banging the 'future mobility' drum a lot lately so it was no surprise that shareholders got the message at the AGM this week as we learned the production location for the ID electric car and three other EVs, all on the MEB architecture.

As Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU s-l-o-w-l-y get under way, the continued free movement of goods is being considered and the transport lobby, not surprisingly, has concerns, particularly if the UK border is moved.

We also took an updated look at car sharing and the future plans of VW Group brand SEAT which is on the up thanks to some attractive new models.

Have a nice weekend.

Graeme Roberts, Deputy Editor,

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