We love the wild and futuristic concept car, and the Volkswagen Gen Travel is exactly that. Making its debut Friday, the Gen Travel is an electric and autonomous vehicle that has a fully reconfigurable cabin that converts seats into beds. It even has ambient light specifically designed to affect melatonin production. When was the last time a car tried so hard to make you sleepy?
The so-called “night setting” is just one of the many ways the Gen Travel’s seating position can be changed. There’s a “conference outfit” with four seats and a large table in the middle, and here, Volkswagen says ambient lighting “creates a pleasant working environment” while also helping to alleviate motion sickness. There are no excuses for not getting done with the bandwidth strategies for critical business executives, then.
Plus, seats of all kinds can recline, and tray tables seem to extend from the dashboard, making it easy to grab your business ladies lunch on the way to your next meeting. Augmented reality screens can display different images designed to keep children entertained. or adults. Adults love animation, too.
The straight, glass-heavy cabin should let in plenty of light, and Volkswagen says the lower part of the side windows sit at waist level, giving you a great view of what’s outside. When you’re lying down in a sleeping position, you’re positioned below a window, so you won’t be exposed to too much light (and so people can’t peek at you while you’re napping). Finally, the concept gull wing doors not only look great, they also make getting in and out of the car easier.
Volkswagen says the Gen Travel is all-electric, but the company hasn’t released any powertrain information. Instead, Volkswagen says the Gen Travel has an active electrical body control system that calculates the car’s movements in advance and adjusts the suspension parameters accordingly, making things as smooth as possible. Interestingly enough, Volkswagen also says the Gen Travel is capable of “flying,” or driving in convoy to increase range — think of it as an independent hypersand.
Gen Travel is clearly not a production-oriented project. The concept just gives us a vision of what Volkswagen envisions for the future, though the company says “individual features may be ported later to the vehicle series”. If you want to see it for yourself, Gen Travel will be shown at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Festival near Paris on September 24.
The Volkswagen Travel Concept is electric, autonomous and truly cool
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