A new mobility app called Roadrunner will be launching this fall and it’s going to change the landscape of how we think of mobility, not just for drivers but for consumers too.
The company has already built a smart car that it calls the Horizon Transport and has partnered with a startup called Applied Molecular Transport (AMT) to bring a range of services to it.
This partnership with AMT means that the new Horizon Transport app will be available for both cars and trucks as well as for self-driving vehicles.
Here’s what you need to know about the new Roadrunner, which is currently only available for Android phones:Roadrunner is an app that will let you take your smartphone and have it travel around the world in your own vehicle, much like a Google Maps car.
It will let drivers and passengers share their travel plans and make a phone call to each other using Bluetooth, a similar feature to how Uber and Lyft operate.
Users will also be able to choose which service they’d like to have on their phone, such as a phone number, a car number, or a group of nearby drivers.
AMT has partnered up with Roadrunner to help bring new services and capabilities to the platform.
“With the Roadrunner platform, we are able to bring our expertise in self-driven transport, vehicle navigation, and advanced software solutions to the mobility industry,” said Amanda Rydberg, chief technology officer at AMT.
For example, Roadrunner lets users plan and set up routes using GPS and their car’s onboard navigation system.
This allows users to see what’s around them, including what roads they should drive on, how long it will take, and more.
They can also schedule their trip, and even pick their route, based on their current destination.
Roadrunner will also let users share their routes, and share photos and videos of their travels, to share on social media or with their friends and family.
Like Google Maps, RoadRunner will allow users to set a route on a map and then let other users use that map to find their way around.
Rydberg said Roadrunner is designed to work with a range on-board sensors that are used to provide information on traffic, road markings, and other conditions.
While Roadrunner doesn’t allow users on-the-go, the app will allow people to share their journeys, route plans, and photos on social networking sites like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
And the service will also allow users in the future to have their own smartphone as a mobile data connection.
Unlike other self-drive apps, Roadrunners service will not rely on the power of smartphones or tablets to make connections with other Roadrunners and it will not require a data plan or data cap.
So for now, Roadruners only comes with Android phones and a bunch of cool features, including a smartphone camera, and a range that’s only going to get bigger.
But the company’s vision is to have a service that can be used for both on-road and off-road use.
There are also a number of services that Roadrunner can bring to the Horizon Transportation app, including maps, traffic alerts, real-time traffic information, weather updates, and much more.
Roadrunner can be purchased through the Google Play Store for $49.99 and will be making its debut in the US and Canada in the coming weeks.
I reached out to AMT to find out more about the service, and will update this post if we hear back.
Image credits: Courtesy of AMT