With the Volkswagen Gen.Travel, take the electric car instead of the plane

The Gen.Travel is a fully autonomous electric shuttle. According to the Volkswagen group, this car can replace the plane on short trips.

Attention, let’s be precise: this is not a volkswagen. This concept car does not carry the logo of the German brand, it is presented under the name of the group. This style study thus shows the vision of future mobility for all VW brands.

This mobility of the future is, of course, electric, although the technical details of the Gen.Travel are not known. What is important here is the autonomous aspect, and the prospects this gives for the car design of the next decade.

With a silhouette halfway between a sedan and a minivan, the Gen.Travel is designed as an autonomous shuttle. According to the VW group, it will be considered as an alternative to short-haul aircraft. The advantage of the car is to be able to make a door-to-door trip, without going through an airport. The vehicle can operate in convoy.

The Gen.Travel can carry four people in a cabin bathed in light. The upper part is a glass bubble, which seems to rest on the rest of the bodywork. Therefore, passengers will fully enjoy the view during a trip where they do not have to worry about driving.

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With the Volkswagen Gen.Travel, take the electric car instead of the plane

In fact, this concept promises level 5 autonomous driving, the highest level. There is no steering wheel or pedal inside. Then you make the most of the trip to relax, rest… or work, since a table can be unfolded in the center for a “business” configuration.

A night configuration allows to transform two seats into a bed. An integrated lighting system will play on the occupants’ melatonin production, to help them fall asleep and wake up. Access is through two large butterfly doors. To guarantee comfort, the model receives an intelligent suspension that will take into account the movements generated by acceleration, braking, turns…

This futuristic machine will be presented for the first time in France, on the occasion of the Chantilly Concours d’Élégance, on Sunday September 25 (where the Renault 5 Turbo 3E).

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