The cars of the future are envisioned in Sweden
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Cars of the future and their different possibilities of use
We’ve all dreamt of the cars of the future. And the truth is that these dreams are becoming very real, to the point that some lucky people have already been able to touch them with their own fingers.
Indeed, when we talk about cars of the future, driving autonomy is one of their main characteristics, and autonomous cars are already a tangible reality for some people who have been able to try them. In fact, it is already foreseen that we will be able to find them in our streets in the very near future. But this isn’t the end of the story.
The concept of autonomous vehicle has great potential and we only have to use our imagination to find new and innovative uses for it, which we would not have thought of a few years ago. The idea of a vehicle that transports us without the need for a human driver goes far beyond what it seems, but something that has not yet been thought of is… what will we do while we are inside?
However, some people ahead of their time have not only asked this question, but are offering the most imaginative answers. In recent times we have known some that come from a country as innovative as Sweden. Let’s find out more.
The Swedish concept of cars of the future
What does the famous Swedish company Ikea have to do with autonomous vehicles? Space10, Ikea’s “laboratory of future life”, is behind it. This innovation team, and specifically its report “Spaces on Wheels: Autonomous Cars and the Future of Urban Mobility“, published in 2018, have been the starting point for the following ideas:
– The “office on wheels”
This is a space used to take advantage of working time. This type of vehicle would not only move employees from their homes to their workplaces and vice versa, but they would also have the necessary spaces and tools to hold meetings or carry out work.
– The “café on wheels”
It was designed to favour social relations, it would allow us to eat or have a snack without losing a second on it, thus saving time while we are on the move.
– The “hospital on wheels”
It was created to help vulnerable social groups who do not have easy access to healthcare. Inside the car-hospital, there would be medical personnel trained to take care of people who cannot move to health centres.
– The “farm on wheels”
It is full of fruits, vegetables and healthy food, and like a sort of “mobile market”, it would circulate offering all those people this type of healthy and fresh products, favouring both access to these and local agriculture.
– The car with virtual reality
It was designed for the entertainment of the traveller, as it would offer both leisure and educational content in virtual reality, and the person would have the ability to react with the environment of the vehicle at all times.
– The “hotel on wheels”
It was designed to serve as a substitute for air travel, it would be a vehicle designed to accommodate travellers inside as they arrive at their destination. The idea would be that these would be electric vehicles and less polluting than airplanes.
– The “tent on wheels”
As an idea similar to that of the “farm on wheels”, it would offer products for the consumer, such as clothing, and would allow traders to be brought closer to their customers and vice versa.
The Space10 team is certainly very imaginative, but it’s not the only one in Sweden. Other people are also brainstorming about cars of the future.
In another of Sweden’s best-known brands, there is a very interesting concept being developed. This is Volvo’s 360c.
This brand (undoubtedly one of the best known Swedish car manufacturers in the world) has recently introduced its concept of autonomous vehicle, electric and connected to its environment.
Although it is still in development, it would be a vehicle destined to be used in diverse types of displacements -inside the city or for trips of average distance-, using 4 different configurations: office, lounge, party or trip.
One of the most interesting ideas within this concept is probably the possibilities this would offer in your “travel” option. With this type of configuration, the traveller could rest or entertain himself inside the vehicle while heading for his destination, in a more comfortable, economical and ecological way than the current options offer.
In this option, the traveller would have a table and an armchair that would turn into a bed, with compartments for luggage, catering, etc..
In fact, Volvo’s idea is that this type of vehicle could be operated by passenger transport companies, and they could operate it continuously, 24 hours a day (except for the time spent on overhauls).
As you can see, the proposals for cars of the future coming from Sweden are very creative. But we know that few people are more imaginative than the readers of this blog. What about yourself? What do you think the cars of the future will look like? You can share your ideas with other readers in a very simple way by leaving a message in the comment box right at the end of this article.
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