Surprising absolutely no one, Volvo has conducted research that reveals the daily commute is taking the joy out of driving.
To combat this, Volvo has designed the Concept 26 - not a complete car, but an interior concept for a future autonomous vehicle.
While the Concept 26 doesn’t actively do anything to restore the joy of driving, it gives occupants a choice of three modes to best utilise their time: Drive, Create, or Relax.
Drive mode allows the driver to do just that, with the steering wheel extended and the driver’s seat positioned to allow full control of the vehicle for those that wish to be involved.
Set the vehicle to Create, and the steering wheel retracts, while a large display emerges from the dash and a tray table rotates out of the driver’s door, for use as a workstation or entertainment device.
The vehicle will autonomously guide itself through traffic thanks to Volvo’s ongoing development into autonomous technologies.
Opt for Relax mode and the front seats will recline, allowing occupants to unwind - just the thing after gruelling day at the office.
The Concept 26 name itself is derived from the average daily 26 minute commute most people experience on the way to work (yes, you may scoff at that figure if you like).
Volvo refers to its new interior concept as delivering the luxury of time, allowing users to freely select how they utilise time that would be otherwise lost.
As part of Volvo’s ongoing commitment to the technology, Volvo’s senior vice president of research and development, Dr Peter Mertens, has also made the call for manufacturers of autonomous vehicles to accept liability for cars during autonomous operation.
“We firmly believes that car makers should take full responsibility for the actions of the car when it is driving in full autonomous mode.” Dr Mertens said
“If a manufacturer does not accept liability it clearly implies that they are not confident about their autonomous drive technology,”
Volvo was the first manufacturer to test an autonomous vehicle in Australia as part of the International Driverless Cars Conference held in early November in Adelaide.
Check out the Concept 26 interior in action in the video below.
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