Every day most of us drive to and from work; sometimes we get stuck in the traffic and end up wasting valuable time. All along, we lazily stare at the car in front of us occasionally darting our eyes sideways all in a bid to keep ourselves occupied. Well, all that will change one day in future when the Volvo concept 26 makes it to production. With their new autonomous car, Volvo proposes not one but a couple of creative ways to spend our commute time.
According to the Swedish automaker, an average American spends an average of 26 minutes to commute to work daily. Based on this, the automaker has developed an autonomous vehicle dubbed “the Concept 26” which offers an option to spend the commute time doing something more meaningful than just sitting and waiting for the traffic to move.
This model which presents Volvo’s future outlook was recently unveiled at the ongoing Los Angeles Auto Show. With the Concept 26, commuters will have a choice to enjoy driving when they want or delegate actual driving to the car itself and do something else.
Drive, Create, Relax
According to Volvo’s research, some people would prefer to use their time creatively when they have a full autonomous drive option; others would prefer just sitting back, relaxing, chatting on the social media or just listening to their favourite tunes. With a full autonomous drive, all that becomes possible.
The Volvo Concept 26 proposes three modes i.e. Drive, Create or Relax. To make this possible, the interior is composed of body-hugging seats that actively cradle the driver during the transformation phase from one of the drive modes to another. The automaker goes on to argue that this new platform will adapt to the changing need of the commuters as well as the changing technologies.
The cabin also features a 25-inch flat-screen monitor mounted in the dash. This monitor is connected to a raised tablet-like interface located in the center console. There is also an armrest that will also be used as a writing table. In each mode the cabin is set out differently.
To start with, in driving mode, the large monitor is stowed to minimize distraction with a driver-centric instrument panel and a laid-out cockpit-style. Switching to Create Mode, the screen and table deploy to enable the driver to stream online content or work on various projects. The relaxation mode features reclined seats and a more passive entertainment. Front seats feature leg rests and they also slide back to offer more legroom.
Volvo is taking inputs from other drivers across the world to further improve the concept. The automaker aims at turning the car to a small living room or a mobile office during the commute periods hence help save the 26 minutes which average commuters lose on average during each commute which translate into days annually.
Exterior and engine specs
The Volvo Concept 26 focuses wholly on the interior design and styling as opposed to the exterior profile or the drivetrain. Therefore, there is no information about the exterior or engine specs to talk about.
Volvo Concept 26 Future outlook
With every automaker trying to come up with an autonomous vehicle concept, it is only a matter of time before we see an actual model on the streets. Volvo now joins the likes of Mercedes, Chevrolet, Rinspeed, Nissan and Italdesign which have all unveiled their autonomous vehicle concepts.
However, to win public trust, the designers have to work very hard to shift the interior design to an acceptable standard by the general public. Volvo’s concept 26 is a great leap in that direction.