Creating an VE for the Social Media Age

Whenever there is a significant technological change, the first iterations often try to emulate what came before. The first carriages looked a lot like horse-drawn carriages and were called horse-less carriages. Over a considerable number of decades they have evolved to a point where they are now optimized for who they are, not what their horse-drawn predecessors were.

With the current wave of electric vehicles (EVs), Tesla looked pretty much like internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, although they didn’t need space up front for engines. Later cars, like the Jaguar I-PACE, had a more advanced cabin design, made possible by the very different needs of an electric car.

The Indi EV takes what can be seen as the next logical step in taking what has been learned from Tesla and making a vehicle much more focused on what we do today than what we did in the last century. We’ve learned that Tesla drivers like to engage on YouTube using Tesla cameras to record what they’ve seen. Tesla cars do better than any other car right now, but they weren’t designed with that in mind, leaving the door open for a new automaker, Indi, to create a more social media-focused car, l ‘Indi One.

Basic specs

The car has an even more aggressive front cabin design than the I-PACE, has decent but not overwhelming specs like three hundred miles of range, 100 kilowatt load support, level autonomous driving 2+, a 0-60 moderate 5.5-second stroke, two engines, and a price that starts at a reasonable $ 45,000. Fully loaded, the car is closer to a still reasonable amount of $ 60,000.

However, those specs are the way we looked at ICE cars, much like when we lost the horsepower. Now that we are moving to electric cars, we have a lot more ways to engage and have fun, and other cars need to evolve. The Indi One indicates a possible route.

The car of this century

Up front of the car, where other electrical devices often have a frunk, the Indi EV has a full Windows workstation that can be upgraded and replaced as technology advances. This workstation offers several unique in-car features, such as the ability to select and operate multiple surround and internal cameras during conference calls and record events that can be shared on a variety of social media platforms.

Suppose you need to join a Zoom, Teams, or WebEx meeting. You can use this built-in PC and then use one of the cabin cameras to capture you or your passengers during the call. Suddenly your car is a Zoom room and you can select different cameras if during the meeting you want to show off what you see or share what a pet or child is doing to create that annoying background noise.

Like many cars today, the car has a permanent connection, but in this case it is 5G that provides the necessary bandwidth and extensive connectivity to make these connected use cases possible. In addition, the car is equipped with two large 15-inch on-board screens. One displays the car’s functions to the driver while the other can be the passenger video conferencing screen or the entertainment (games / videos) screen. I expect this feature to be more useful once the Indi EV has Level 3+ autonomous driving capability in a few years, and the driver will then be able to take advantage of some of those capabilities as well.

To keep passengers occupied in the front and back seats, the car will support AAA games and virtual reality (motion sickness can be a problem), turning the car into a mobile gaming center. Current PC performance is based on an Intel Core I7 and NVIDIA GTX 2030 GPU, but it will likely be upgraded at launch. And the modular configuration of the associated computer only allows for regular upgrades, which will be critical to the success of this feature, as an outdated PC would otherwise prematurely obsolete these capabilities.


The Indi One is one of many EV hubs that the auto industry is likely to take in the future to address the different capabilities of an electric vehicle and the opportunities to create something more in line with needs and interests. today, in this case, social networks. The car is expected to arrive in the 2023 timeframe, has an affordable target price and is somewhat confrontational, having entertainment capabilities but lacking the self-driving features that would make many of those capabilities appealing to a solo driver.

The Indi One is an exciting effort primarily because it better responds to the likely future priorities of an increasingly connected world. We should probably call it the birth of the social network car. It will be fascinating to see if this concept survives and what it will eventually become.

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