The car of the future will not only have to be autonomous, electric and safe, at least for a young Swedish designer. So this is the Volvo Care concept. A play on words around the car (because in English) that must take care of its passengers.
The car of tomorrow designed by Swedish designer Maximilian Troicher is built around a two-door city car that is autonomous, electric and safe, but also capable of monitoring the state of health of those on board and thus offering physical relaxation, comfort and instructive entertainment as needed… unless the person behind the wheel decides to take control of the vehicle.
A fleet owned by the company, used by employees on request
By basing his system on the user’s personal data and workflow, understand the stacking of daily tasks, exercise or relaxation needs are adapted to everyone. The idea is to combat stress and help meet the employee’s needs within a fleet of vehicles owned by the company and offered to employees on request, in self-service.
It remains to be seen how Volvo will welcome this concept. If the idea of the return of a city car is not on the agenda, the issues of autonomous driving, maximum safety and comfort are more than ever the trend at the Swedish manufacturer.
Volvo’s 360c concept car
This concept promotes a universal safety standard for autonomous automotive communication Autonomous driving and safeties are closely linked and technology can provide the most significant improvement in road safety since Volvo Cars invented the three-point seat belt in 1959.
Nevertheless, the autonomous driving technology will be introduced gradually rather than overnight. As a result, fully autonomous vehicles will be introduced in mixed traffic conditions, where cars without a human driver will share the road with other users.
Under such conditions, it will no longer be possible to keep in eye contact with another driver for long periods of time to try to guess his intentions, as is the case in today’s daily traffic.
As part of the development of 360c, Volvo Cars’ safety engineers have decided to tackle this challenge by seeking to develop a safe means of communication between fully autonomous cars and other road users.
At the same time, the objective was to create a universally applicable standard, so that other road users would not have to worry about the manufacture or make of the different autonomous vehicles.
The 360c meets this challenge with a system that includes external sounds, colours, visuals, movements and combinations of these tools to communicate the vehicle’s intentions to other road users. This means that you know and see at all times what the car will do.
But while 360c’s safety communication technology is intended to indicate the car’s intentions to other road users, it will never give them any commands or instructions.