Volvo is already committed to going all electric in its vehicles by 2019, but now it wants to go fully autonomous, too. That’s why today Volvo is unveiling the 360c concept. It’s a fully-autonomous vehicle you’ll be able to sleep in on the way to your destination potentially hundreds of miles away.
The idea behind the 360c is to remove all the frustration and hassle out of traveling. Volvo wants to replace those short haul flights that require visiting an airport, getting through security, lots of waiting, delays, and a lack of privacy, with a driverless vehicle that picks you up and drops you off with no compromises. It sounds great on paper and in the video below:
The 360c can be setup for four different scenarios for your travel. You can use it as a sleeping environment, a living room, a mobile office, or an entertainment space. Because there is no driver’s area required, the space is available to seat up to three rows of passengers, or if it’s just you, then it becomes a private cabin.
Volvo sees autonomous vehicles as a new business model, with Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, explaining that, “Autonomous drive will allow us to take the big next step in safety but also open up exciting new business models and allow consumers to spend time in the car doing what they want to do.”
As Reuters reports, Volvo expects autonomous cars to make up one third of sales by 2025, at which point 50 percent of vehicles on the road will be electric. The 360c is Volvo’s first attempt to grab a share of that market, with the autonomous vehicle expected to achieve a range of up to 300km (186 miles) initially.
Volvo is also keen to point out that a number of very popular domestic air travel routes, including New York to Washington DC, Houston to Dallas, and Los Angeles to San Diego take longer than if you just drove there. With the skies getting ever-more busy, we should only expect the travel time when flying to increase and for more routes to become desirable (and quicker) by car.