The Citroen Osmose which was revealed at the 2001 Paris
Motor Show was a concept which attempted to straddle the
divide between a car and public transport.
The Osmose was part car, part taxi,
The side of the Osmose had a panel which allowed the driver
to display their destination - just like a bus - to advertise
to pedestrians in case they wanted a lift! Quite how many
potential customers would have used this function will
thankfully remain a mystery. Although the idea itself
is interesting, it would pose many problems for the driver,
not least security. And hell if you're going to spend
your day ferrying random strangers around town you may
as well become a taxi driver.
The spacious interior and massive windows made the inside
feel more like a mobile conservatory than a car. One can
only assume this highly visible interior was supposed
to help remove the psychological barrier between drivers
The Osmose was as friendly and unthreatening to pedestrians
as it was to the occupants and other motorists. Mounted
within the front bumper was a full width airbag, just
in case any got in the way.
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