What Is Fetch?
Fetch is a company with a proprietary app & vehicles. The plan is to have Fetch cars in Milton Keyes by 2022. They will operate as taxis that can be summoned or hailed using their app. The kicker is that there won’t be any drivers in these cars, but rather they will operated remotely. It uses 5g phone services to communicate with its operators. Fetch claim there are plenty of failsafes in place so a backup driver isn’t needed.
Fetch had the following to say about their remote control tech:
“For fleet operators in the car sharing and short-term rental sector, remote driving technology can significantly increase revenue per car,” the company says. “They can relocate cars more quickly at periods of high demand, such as during rush hour, which is key to maximising utilisation rates. They can also extend the reach of their operations to enable intercity travel, while reducing fleet management costs associated with repositioning cars when rental periods end”
A Taxi That You Drive
Another one of the draws for Fetch is that you drive the car. Once the remote operator has delivered you a car, you assumed control and drive yourself to your destination. The reason for this is apparently fees, claiming they can undercut other major services like established taxis and Uber since the operators will only be operating the car to get it to the client, and can then focus on the next car delivery rather than worry about getting the customer to their location. The long term goal is to have all the vehicles fully autonomous within 5 years. We’ve seen a lot of companies say their focus is antonymous driving. If you’d like to see more related topics have a look at the following: