Sweden – The car manufacturer’s latest concept, the Volvo 360c, outlines the brand’s vision for how automobiles will evolve in the era of autonomous driving. The prototype has four adaptive modes that alter how the car interior looks and functions: a standard lounge-style seating arrangement; a work setting in which you and three colleagues can sit around a desk and one window becomes a giant monitor; a sleep setting with a fully reclined bed; and an entertainment setting that features a coffee table and bottle-holders.
But the most interesting part of this vision is how Volvo is speculating what the impact of such a vehicle would be on business travel, potentially being funded by companies in lieu of a company car and flight allowance. As Volvo outlines in a statement, this model could be a ‘lucrative competitor to short-haul air travel… The 360c sleeping environment enables first-class private cabin travel from door to door, without the inconvenience of airport security, queuing, noisy and cramped airliners.’
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