This is the Volkswagen Gen.Travel, an autonomous concept car that the company wants to use to revolutionize long-distance travel.
Unlike most self-driving vehicles, this quirky concept isn’t meant to be used in urban areas.
It was actually designed to replace airplanes to take you from A to B.
So what exactly is the idea behind this boxy little thing?
Well, VW is essentially saying we don’t need to catch a plane to travel to a new city if it’s just a few hundred miles away.
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Despite the amusing, almost kei car-like design, the company actually says the Gen.Travel is basically an MPV, and in English that means it’s a ‘van’.
Obviously, for marketing purposes, VW also invented a new category to define the vehicle: Innovation Experience Vehicle or IEV.
The concept is engineered to be spacious and comfortable.
It has gullwing doors but it doesn’t have any B-pillars, and this makes it a lot easier to get inside.
In addition to that, it doesn’t have a steering wheel and the seats fold completely flat.
If you opt for the ‘business specification’, you will get face-to-face seats and a worktable.
Last but not least, the Volkswagen Gen.Travel is classified as a Level 5 autonomous concept vehicle.
This means it can go anywhere and do anything without ever needing a driver.
We should point out that Level 5 autonomy is still science fiction.
Having said that, automakers are already experimenting with this technology to create new concept vehicles.
The Gen.Travel is obviously just a futuristic prototype and we won’t be seeing a production model in the near future.
However, it definitely stands out. The shape and the idea behind it are quite interesting.