Anyone who ever has ridden in a limousine has experienced a taste of what we think it will be like to ride in autonomous vehicles in the future.
Of course, not every vehicle is going to have neon lighting and a minibar, but you get the idea. When you don’t have to worry about the driving, you’re freed up to do stuff and the interior of vehicles of the future will reflect that.
Woe to those who suffer from car sickness and can’t bear the thought of doing something like reading in a moving vehicle. The future is going to be hard on you, but you can always stare out the window.
“The traditional automotive interior is built around the driver and the steering wheel for the best possible control and view of the vehicle’s surroundings,” Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen’s executive director of design, told automobilemag.com. “The autonomous interior, however, is based on the passenger’s needs. The autonomous interior gives passengers time to do what they want while getting where they want to go.”
The truth is automakers are only just beginning to imagine the possibilities for the future as well as the but it’s safe to say the biggest challenges designers will face will be making sure passengers are safe while also allowing them some freedom to do things inside what could be a moving workspace, coffee shop or theater.
Imagine rolling out of bed in the morning knowing you can still get another 45 minutes of comfortable sleep on your autonomous commute into the city. Passengers sleep in cars all the time now. That figures only to increase when the rate of accidents go down and the comfort level increases with advances in technology.