Volvo unveiled its Concept 26, a prototype that throws light on much of what could be the interiors of the autonomous vehicles of the Swedish manufacturer.
The number 26 mimics the minutes that the driver takes to get to work each day, on average. Because of that, the Swedish brand decided to outline an interior concept in which the car assumes the autonomous driving, something that can be mainly used in boring and slow traffic situations, as well as in lengthy highway journeys.
Thus, Volvo’s motto is “give time back to people”. The driver’s needs can be divided into three modes: drive, create or relax.
The Concept 26 allows the car occupants to use their time creatively, working or relaxing, connecting themselves to the internet, watching movies or listening to music.
When the driver decides to delegate the driving function to the car itself, the steering wheel is retracted, the seat is reclined and then the dashboard displays a big screen.
The vice-president accountable for Volvo’s research and development, Peter Martens, acknowledges the “great effort to understand the challenges and opportunities that autonomous cars will bring us in the coming years, our flexible engineering and design approach, enabled by our new SAP platform (Scalable Architecture Product), means that we can easily turn this project into something real”.