Volvo reveals stunning 360c concept
This is Volvo’s 360c autonomous car concept, revealed in September as part of the company’s vision for the future of travel – autonomous, electric, connected and safe.
The concept is designed to reflect the potential for change in the fundamental structure of how people live,by transforming unproductive or boring travel time into useful and enjoyable minutes or hours on the road.
The concept presents four potential uses of autonomous driving vehicles – a sleeping environment, mobile office, living room and entertainment space - representing a travel option, says Volvo, that could rival air, bus and train providers, but with competitive advantages in comfort, convenience and privacy.
The company says it anticipates strong customer interest from a range of different industries and offers as an example shorthaul air travel. The company says the 360c sleeping environment enables first-class private cabin travel door to door, without the inconvenience of airport security, queuing, noisy and cramped airliners.
“The 360c explores what becomes possible when we remove the human driver, using new freedoms in design and recapturing time – it’s a glimpse at how autonomous drive technology will change the world as we know it. The possibilities are mindboggling,” said Mårten Levenstam, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Volvo Cars.
“People becoming less reliant on proximity to cities is just one example of the impact of removing the burden of unproductive travel time. The 360c driving office makes it viable for people to live at greater distances from crowded cities and use their time both in a more pleasant and more effective way.
“We regard the 360c as a conversation starter, with more ideas and answers to come as we learn more. Yet we believe fully autonomous drive has the potential to fundamentally change our society in many ways. It will have a profound impact on how people travel, how we design our cities and how we use infrastructure.”
8 Oct 2018