Advertisement

Volvo Concept 26 turns your car into a lounge

With self-driving cars on the way, the Volvo's Concept 26 aims to make your commute more relaxing

It's no secret that manufacturers are making leaps and bounds into the world of autonomous driving. Google has been developing driverless software for years, and Tesla recently unveiled its 'Autopilot' feature. Volvo is looking towards the future too, and its Concept 26 deals with the big question – just what are you supposed to do with yourself while your car's doing the driving?

Advertisement - Article continues below

Autonomous driving systems still require a degree of involvement at the moment, but in the future, when they're allowed to take full control of the car, Volvo anticipate bored drivers with nothing to do. Concept 26 is based around an all-new seat design, which Volvo says will cradle the driver as the dash transforms into one of three modes – Drive, Play, or Relax.

Drive is self-explanatory, but in Play or Relax mode the steering wheel retracts, the seat reclines and a large display emerges from the dashboard. This enables people to use their commuting time creatively – either working, or relaxing by watching online media or listening to music.

It sounds like a fantasy now, but the technology involved is advancing very quickly, and its entirely possible that we may see something like this in our lifetimes. Volvo has always been at the forefront of safety tech, too, so it will doubtless invest heavily in research to prove its autonomous software safe before release. We'd expect no less from the company that's promised none of their customers will be killed in a new car from 2020.

It's in Volvo's best interests, too, as the company's stance is that liability rests with the manufacturer in the event of an autonomous driving failure. Senior Vice President of R&D at Volvo Peter Mertens said: "We firmly believe that car makers should take full responsibility for the actions of the car when it is driving in full autonomous mode. If a manufacturer does not accept liability it clearly implies that they are not confident about their autonomous drive technology."

Would you let your car do the driving while you relax? Let us know below...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit Post-coronavirus subsidies for non-electric cars would be a waste, says Volvo boss
News

Post-coronavirus subsidies for non-electric cars would be a waste, says Volvo boss

Hakan Samuelsson believes it’s naive to expect everything to return to normal after the coronavirus, and the future is electric.
13 May 2020
Visit Volvo limits new cars to 112mph top speed
Volvo XC90
Volvo

Volvo limits new cars to 112mph top speed

Safety-conscious Swedish brand aims to reduce road deaths and serious injuries within its vehicles to zero, and new speed limit is one part of its pla…
15 Apr 2020
Visit Volvo not planning to pay any CO2 fines
Volvo XC40 Recharge - front 3/4 static
Volvo

Volvo not planning to pay any CO2 fines

New Recharge models set to bring Volvo's CO2 average down below the EU target of 95g/km
6 Feb 2020
Visit Volvo and Isuzu enter commercial vehicle partnership
Volvo and Isuzu merger
Volvo

Volvo and Isuzu enter commercial vehicle partnership

The two manufacturers will sign an agreement, which could see the Volvo-owned UD Trucks brand transferred to Isuzu Motors
18 Dec 2019

Most Popular

Visit New 2021 Mercedes SL to be developed by AMG with 2+2 layout
Mercedes SL

New 2021 Mercedes SL to be developed by AMG with 2+2 layout

The new Mercedes SL roadster will return with a fabric roof and will share tech with the AMG GT sports car. Our exclusive images preview how it could …
29 May 2020
Visit Best and worst cars for MoT pass rates revealed
MOT testing station
News

Best and worst cars for MoT pass rates revealed

New analysis of official Government data shows which car makes and models have the best and worst MoT pass rates
29 May 2020
Visit Best sleeper cars: used Q cars that are faster than they look
Best cars & vans

Best sleeper cars: used Q cars that are faster than they look

Want to get somewhere fast without drawing attention to yourself? Then you need a sleeper car: an unassuming motor that packs serious punch under the …
28 May 2020