Volvo Cars has come up with a new 360c – a fully electric and autonomous concept which aims to give the time spent in travelling, back to the people.
As we can see in the pictures here, the concept imagines different configurations – a living room, mobile office, an entertainment space and even a sleeping environment. Volvo says that the vehicle could be provided as a service via an on demand subscription basis, meaning the company is targeting the fleet operators in the future.
“Or what if it was provided by one employer yet not another – which company would you work for?,” the company asks.
The 360c doesn’t have any controls whatsoever (read steering wheel or pedals) and completely eliminates the human driver. Its a “connected” vehicle, meaning it connects to the subscriber’s mobile device and shows his/her’s upcoming events, meetings and so on.
The data is projected onto the glass which also shows the ETA to the subscriber’s destination and a progress bar.
Volvo aims to use the 360c as a potential competitor to short-haul air travel, as the company says, a lot of time is being spent on air travel than by a car when you consider things such as travelling to the airport, security checks and waiting times.
“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,” says Mårten Levenstam, Senior Vice President of corporate strategy at Volvo Cars.
Since there’s no human driver, the car uses external sounds, colours, visuals, movements, as well as combinations of these, to communicate with the other road users.