The car is about to go through a momentous transition. A real change of state, a transfiguration.
It happens because numerous transformative technologies are reaching the right stage of maturity and are all converging on our means of transport. And it's not just about electric motors: LIDAR, new materials and autonomous driving will completely change the car and its characteristics.
Volkswagen offers us its vision of this transition to the car of the future, and it does so with the debut of its latest concept, the Gen. Travel, which debuts at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance exhibition near Paris.
Gen. Travel, a "middle way" that reveals a destination
In terms of style, this concept distorts the same paradigms of the German house. It doesn't look like any of the vehicles, VW, not even the most "futuristic" ones. Its cockpit looks like a large transparent case designed to give plenty of light to the interior.
Speaking of interiors: the "final destination" of this transition will be to turn the old cabin into a living space. Without the obligation to be distributed in front and rear seats, passengers and drivers, the interior volumes will be as versatile as those of a normal room in the house. And for sleeping mobile beds.
Gen. Travel provides a completely reconfigurable interior, in which the seats can also be transformed into beds. The windows play into this setting: low enough to give occupants a nice exterior view, but high enough to allow privacy when it's time to sleep.
Living area, sleeping area
The "sleeping arrangement" is another look at the transition of the car. At the moment, Gen. Travel allows two seats to be transformed into two folding beds in a completely flat position. In the future, any station of a vehicle will be equipped for sleep (both the car drives alone). In "conference" mode, however, the car has four large armchairs and a table in the center.
Gen. Travel is conceived as an autonomous electric car with level 5 technology, but VW has not yet revealed any other specifications. The only thing we know is that it has an active suspension system called Electric Active Body Control (eABC).
“Gen.Travel offers us an insight into the journey of the future in an autonomous car. An extremely distinctive design that packs limitless versatility, "he says Klaus Zyciora, Head of Volkswagen Group Design.
In other words, from "form follows function" we will pass to "form follows freedom". Not bad when it will be. What do you think?