I have said it over and over again, autonomous driving seems to have taken the definitive path of the future, and the world is full of hypotheses.
The Erwin Hymer Group, a leading German company in the wheelhouse industry, has developed Galileo. It is a concept that aims to understand how the future of cars will develop with the autonomous driving revolution, when steering and other interfaces for humans will be superfluous.
An apartment on the highway
Hymer envisions Galileo as a modular vehicle. A flat frame incorporates the electric locomotion system and the various bodies are gradually installed on this platform. Space for extensive customization also inside, just like for the apartments.
Another advantage of autonomous driving is the farewell to the concept of "dashboard" as the focus of the driver's attention. In truth, the driver will no longer be there.
Much more internal space with the same volume, therefore. Space to live to organize not just a move, but your own free time.
Hymer's video shows just a test route right from the moment of departure. The passengers, sorry, the occupants, enter their "annex" passing through and remain there until arrival.
Galileo gives us an important clue: even the business itself will change. If I am not the owner of a mobile apartment, I will be able to rent it. A bit like taking a hotel room, with the difference that the room moves with me to the destination. The trip itself may include, for example, 4 nights in a hotel, 2 of which along the way.
A family of 3 will have at their disposal 3 sofa beds, an entertainment area, a minibar or other services. Upon arrival you can remove the cabin from the base and mount another suitable, for example, for a couple on their honeymoon, with Jacuzzi and large screen.
Hymer is not the only company to speculate on these scenarios: I have also told you about them here (with an interesting addition to the concept of "mobile hotel").
Suzuki also debuts at the next Motor Show with the concept of a "cottage" on wheels. The future of cars is full of real estate that becomes mobile.