Volkswagen Group presents self-driving research vehicle at Chantilly Arts & Elegance
At the Chantilly Arts & Elegance near Paris on September 24th, the Volkswagen Group will present an innovative design study that will redefine the long-distance mobility of the future. The all-electric Innovation Experience Vehicle (IEV) is a real prototype that drives itself. (Level 5) and provides a realistic outlook for mobility over the next decade. The car’s modular interior concept provides a flexible and sustainable Mobility-as-a-Service alternative to short-haul flights. As a research vehicle, the purpose of Gen.Travel is to test concepts and new features to get customer response. Based on research results, individual functions may later be transferred to series vehicles.
With GEN.TRAVEL, the Volkswagen Group has developed an iconic and innovative study that constitutes an entirely new vehicle category in its premium portfolio between sedans and MPVs (Multi Purpose Vehicles). Volkswagen Group his head of innovation, Dr. Nikolai Ardei, said: “The Group-wide Volkswagen Innovation Research Department is taking this idea even further and showing how customers can experience mobility as a service in the future. Already today you can experience what is possible: a new level of door-to-door travel, emission-free and stress-free.”
GEN.TRAVEL drives autonomously, turning the driver into a relaxed passenger who can spend time doing other things: work. relaxation. entertainment. family. Klaus Giciola, Head of Volkswagen Group Design, explains: This shows what autonomous driving will look like in the future. GEN.TRAVEL embodies visionary design beyond tomorrow for tomorrow’s mobility. Efficient molding is a very distinctive design feature. Thus, ‘form follows function’ becomes ‘form follows freedom’ in an era of technological perfection and virtually limitless possibilities. Cars will not only be better than ever, they will be more exciting. “
GEN.TRAVEL features a unique modular interior concept that can be customized for each trip and booked as a Mobility-as-a-Service service. Depending on the configuration, the concept vehicle can transport up to 4 people. For business travelers, our conference setup with four comfortable seats and a large table in the middle of the interior provides a relaxing environment. Dynamic lighting creates a comfortable working environment and avoids the risk of kinetosis (motion sickness). In the overnight setup configuration, the two seats he converts into two beds and can be folded into a completely flat position.
An innovative occupant restraint system guarantees maximum safety even in a recumbent position. The GEN.TRAVEL lighting system influences melatonin production to help passengers fall asleep naturally and wake up naturally. For family trips, the GEN.TRAVEL with front seats can be configured to entertain children using Augmented Reality (AR). The interior design is bright and natural. All his HMI (Human Machine Interface) elements are manufactured using sustainable materials combined with recycled or natural materials.
GEN.TRAVEL’s futuristic look is divided into two parts. A transparent glass cabin is fully integrated into the lower section, which houses all technical features. The edge of the window is waist high and very low to maximize the view outside. At the same time, if the passenger is lying inside the car, there is absolutely no external influence. GEN.TRAVEL wing doors make getting in and out easy.
For maximum comfort, the GEN.TRAVEL is equipped with active suspension eABC (Electric Active Body Control). It pre-calculates vertical and lateral movements such as acceleration, braking and cornering and optimizes driving style and trajectory accordingly. Use artificial intelligence (AI) and platooning (fully autonomous driving in convoys) to further extend the range of long-distance travel.
https://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/volkswagen-the-innovative-way-to-travel-design-study-gen-travel-makes-world-debut/ Volkswagen: A revolutionary way to travel: the design study GEN.TRAVEL makes its world debut