“Domestic air travel sounds great when you buy your ticket, but it really isn’t. The 360c represents what could be a whole new take on the industry,” said Marten Levenstam, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Volvo Cars.
“The sleeping cabin allows you to enjoy premium comfort and peaceful travel through the night and wake up refreshed at your destination. It could enable us to compete with the world’s leading aircraft makers.”
While clearly still at the concept stage, Volvo said that the 360c is “a first yet deliberate step towards a broad discussion about the potential for autonomous driving technology to fundamentally change society in many ways”.
“When the Wright brothers took to the skies in 1903, they did not have a clue about what modern air travel would look like,” said Levenstam.
“We do not know what the future of autonomous drive will hold, but it will have a profound impact on how people travel, how we design our cities and how we use infrastructure. We regard the 360c as a conversation starter, with more ideas and answers to come as we learn more.”
Last year Volvo was reported to have signed a non-binding deal with Uber, to provide up to 24,000 self-driving vehicles to the ride share company.