Smart Vision EQ ForTwo concept, 2017 Frankfurt auto showEnlarge Photo
For now, Car2Go floats the idea of the year 2030 as its target for a self-driving car fleet. Level 5 autonomous driving technology is ready for a roll-out, but Müller concedes that it's not yet feasible for car-sharing.
"It's a matter of the technology becoming less expensive," he said.
Car2Go may be a Daimler subsidiary, but its integration into the brand's future is massive. The Smart brand recently showed off a concept car billed the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo set to bow at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show. It looks vaguely like the current Smart Fortwo outside, but its bench seat and steering wheel-free dashboard inside is a stark reminder that future cars will probably pilot themselves with zero driver intervention.
Certainly, self-driving cars weren't on Müller's mind back in 2009, but the evolution seems perfectly natural.