Self-driving Volvo 360C allows you to have a nap to and from work
Volvo has provided us with a radical glimpse at an autonomous driving future with its recently Volvo 360C Concept.
The 360C Concept is fully electric and, fully autonomous. There isn’t a traditional dashboard or driver and passenger seats. Rather, the interior is a flexible space that is designed to adapt to occupant needs.
For instance, it can be configured to be used as a mobile office, or perhaps you may want to lounge around with friends and a few cheeky pre-drinks before a function. Most boldly, though, Volvo is claiming that the 360C could be a replacement to short haul flights.
The theory is based on that by the time you catch a cab to the airport, check in, board and fly to your destination – i.e from Canberra to Sydney – you could plug in a destination into your Volvo 360C you can lay back, wrap yourself in the supplied blanket –with inbuilt safety belt – and you can arrive refreshed and stress-free.
“Domestic air travel sounds great when you buy your ticket, but it really isn’t. The 360c represents what could be a whole new take on the industry,” says Marten Levenstam a Volvo executive.
“The sleeping cabin allows you to enjoy premium comfort and peaceful travel through the night and wake up refreshed at your destination. It could enable us to compete with the world’s leading aircraft makers.”
Volvo says that safety is a key element of the 360C and it will navigate its way through the world by communicating with pedestrians, human driven cars and other autonomous vehicles using a collection of lights, sounds and gestures.
“The business will change in the coming years, and Volvo should lead that change of our industry,” says Volvo’s chief Hakan Samuelsson.
“Autonomous drive will allow us to take the next big step in safety, but also open up exciting new business models and allow consumers to spend time in the car doing what they want to do” Samuelsson added.