Volvo Cars is presenting a new concept car that provides a glimpse of what the company envisions for the future of mobility. With this new concept car called 360c, Volvo Cars is essentially proposing that a fully autonomous land travel could replace air travel over long distances.
A fully autonomous concept is nothing new. Quite a number of concepts like this have been presented through the past years. But while other concepts offer a living space inside a fully autonomous, Volvo’s study -- the new Volvo 360c autonomous concept – allows its passengers to sleep like a log inside while being transported to their destinations.
The new Volvo 360c isn't just a fully autonomous car, is it also connected and electric. It is in this future that Volvo sees a holistic approach in terms of travel. As a fully autonomous, fully electric car, the 360c doesn’t have steering wheel and an internal combustion engine. Because of the absence of these components, passengers could be positioned in rows of two or three.
Volvo says the 360c provides a glimpse of how autonomous driving vehicles can be used: as a sleeping environment; as a mobile office; as a living space; or as an entertainment room.
According to Volvo, the 360c imagines world where airports are not needed. This means no more going through airport security, having to queue for hours, and sitting on a cramped aircraft. Instead, the 360c offers a great alternative – a first-class private cabin that picks its passengers from one place and takes them to another.
Essentially, the 360c can be an alternative to short-haul air travel, especially in shorter routes of around 300 kilometers. Volvo says that air travel in these routes makes passengers consume more time, when factors like travel to the airport, security checks and waiting times are taken into account.
Since the Volvo 360c comes with a sleeping cabin that allows a passenger to sleep through the night while being taken to his or her destination, Volvo says this concept could compete with the leading aircraft makers in the world.
Robin Page, senior vice president of design at Volvo Cars, remarked that the carmaker focuses on the daily lives of customers and how to make these better, and the 360c represents the next iteration of this approach.
While Volvo’s 360c autonomous concept presents an alternative approach to short-haul air travel, it essentially doesn’t take into account traffic congestion on the land. Volvo does say that the travelling to the airport takes time, but its 360c concept isn't really exempted to the worsening traffic congestion in urban areas. It travels by land, which means it is also subjected to any situation non-autonomous, non-electric suffers on the road.