Volvo ‘Concept 26’ Dreams of Life After Paradigm Shift

Dec 1, 2015

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Volvo Cars unveiled Volvo Concept 26, an interior design concept and platform for autonomous driving vehicles, at the 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show.

Volvo Concept 26 represents a new way of thinking about how luxury autonomous cars will integrate into daily life. A result of extensive research on how people want to use autonomous driving and their time behind the wheel, Volvo Concept 26 provides various interior configurations that combine today’s needs with emerging trends and technologies to create a new experience when drivers no longer need to focus on the driving task. It is the first autonomous drive interior that is built on a vehicle platform available for sale today, according to Volvo.

Together with a tablet interface in the center console, a foldable tray table and a 25-inch flat-screen monitor that flips up from the passenger side dashboard, Concept 26 provides three interior modes: Drive, Create and Relax. When the driver wishes to delegate driving to the car the steering wheel retracts, the seat reclines and a large display emerges from the dashboard allowing the driver to enjoy the time spent in the car as they like. Each mode offers a unique arrangement for drivers to maximize what they can do with their time while the car is in autonomous mode.

“Volvo Concept 26 addresses the notion that driving can still be fun and liberating on the right day and on the right road but that some parts of driving, notably the daily commute in many metro areas, is stressful, frustrating and even broken. By providing drivers the choice of when to drive or delegate driving, we are able to retain the love and freedom of the open road while fixing the broken commute,” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, general manager of the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center, the Volvo design center where Concept 26 was researched and developed.

Research conducted by Volvo shows that drivers could regain an average of 26 additional minutes for each commute and several hundred hours per year with autonomous vehicles. In large metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles or New York, the time gained could be considerably more.