ATMs were once considered a revolution in convenience, able to dispense money without a human bank teller being there. But nowadays, needing to find an ATM to get some money out of the bank can be a real hastle. That’s why Poland’s IdeaBank turned four BMW i3 electric cars into mobile ATMs, dispensing cash to customers via a mobile app, reports CarScoops and Nusource Financial.
The IdeaBank mobile ATM is linked to an Android app, with the popular i3 already roaming the streets of Warsaw. Should the idea prove popular, IdeaBank is ready to roll out even more of the mobile ATMs to customers who need cash, but can’t be bothered to find an ATM for themselves. It’s a cool idea if you find a tag sale and suddenly need cash to pick up that vintage Atari. The ATM i3 can also pick up cash from customers business, saving them a trip to the bank, all controlled through an Android phone app..
Of course there are elements other than “entrepreneurs” that might want a mobile ATM to come to them. I’d wager that most ATM withdrawals made after 9 PM are for one of three bad-for-you things; drugs, strippers, and fast food. I mean, at least that’s what I generally need money for after the sun goes down.
Not that I don’t think this idea has merits. If it could be combined with Rinspeed’s take on an autonomous i3, the IdeaBank mobile ATM could redefine banking convenience. No more making quick runs to the cash machine when you can just call the cash machine to you.