BMW i3 Turn ATM
Rikki Wright / 5 years ago
It’s not every day you hear of a car being made into a mobile ATM, the whole idea of an ATM is to take the human interaction out of getting you money; now you need a driver to deliver money to you.
It is currently being used to roam the streets of Warsaw to aid pedestrians in urgent cash withdrawals via a mobile app. The mobile app sends data to the driver, who then drives to that person to offer the service; today I find that I am never more than 100 meters from an ATM, so this would be pointless especially in a city environment. The idea could work well for more rural areas where ATM’s are few and far between.
I see one serious flaw with this, the BMW i3 isn’t exactly an understated car and with an ATM and branding all over it; it is sure to get some attention. What if a group of thieves decide they want to make a withdrawal in a lesser part of town, easy pickings. Yes, the app might be monitored, but how easy could it be to steal a phone, pressure someone to do it for them or even buy a cheap phone with an alias and get it that way.
In all honesty, I’m surprised anyone still uses physical money, the last time I used cash to buy anything was around 6 months ago. How do you think this would end up if it was implemented where you live? Let us know in the comments