In this episode, Volvo’s vision for what a driver will do while the car is driving itself. Welcome to your Manufacturing Minute.
Quite a handful of tech companies and just about every major carmaker are currently creating their take on a driverless future. But if humans don’t need to keep their eyes on the road, what will they be doing with their commute time? The new buzz word in automotive might be “Carfotainment” — and that’s where Volvo’s Concept 26 comes in by integrating an infotainment experience across the vehicle for bored commuters.
Volvo is working with Swedish telecom provider Ericsson to build smarter streaming technologies specifically for autonomous cars. Unlike other autonomous concepts like Mercedes F 015 that allows all seats to face each other for conversation, Concept 26 — named after the average commute time — is focused on a single person in a car commuting to work.
One of the key parts of Concept 26 is an enormous video screen that flips up from the passenger side dashboard. The Swedish carmaker thinks many drivers will want to sit back, relax and enjoy some Netflix during their commute.
So, What Do You Think?
With autonomous vehicles coming down the pipeline, do you think there will be greater emphasize on the “in-car” experience? If so, how do you see it affecting the auto industry?
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