Volkswagen Group will present an autonomously driven research vehicle at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance show
On September 24, at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance show near Paris, 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 autonomously. (Level 5) and provides a realistic outlook for mobility in the next decade. The modular concept of the car’s interior makes it a flexible, sustainable alternative to mobility as a service for short-haul flights. As a research tool, Gen.Travel aims to test concept and new functionality for customer response. According to the results of the study, certain features can be transferred to serial cars.
With GEN.TRAVEL, the Volkswagen Group has developed a landmark, innovative study that represents an entirely new vehicle category in the premium portfolio between sedan and MPV (multi-purpose vehicle). “With its NEW AUTO strategy, Volkswagen is defining mobility for future generations – sustainable and digital,” says Dr. Mikalai Ardi, Head of Innovation at the Volkswagen Group. “At Volkswagen Innovation Research, we are continuing to advance this idea by showing how our customers will be able to experience mobility in the future – for example as a service. With GEN.TRAVEL, we can already experience today what will become possible in the near future with innovative technologies. Door-to-door travel at a new level. Without emissions and stress.”
GEN.TRAVEL drives autonomously and turns the driver into a relaxed passenger who has time for other things: work. Relaxation. entertainment. Family. Klaus Zichiora, Head of Design, Volkswagen Group, explains: “GEN.TRAVEL offers us a glimpse into the journey of the future. It shows us what autonomous driving will look like in the future. GEN.TRAVEL embodies the visionary design of the future for the mobility of tomorrow. Efficient shaping characterizes an extremely distinctive design. Thus, in an era of technical perfection and virtually unlimited possibilities, “form follows function” becomes “form follows freedom.” The car will not only be better, but also more exciting than ever before.”
GEN.TRAVEL has a unique modular interior concept that can be customized for each trip and booked as a Mobility as a Service offer. Depending on the configuration, the concept car can carry up to four people. For business trips, a conference room with four comfortable seats and a large table in the center of the interior provides a relaxed atmosphere. Dynamic lighting creates a pleasant working environment and avoids the danger of motion sickness. The overnight configuration allows the two seats to be converted into two beds that can be folded into a fully flat position.
The innovative restraint system of the passenger ensures maximum safety even in the lying position. The GEN.TRAVEL lighting system affects the production of melatonin to help passengers fall asleep and wake up naturally. For family trips, the GEN.TRAVEL with the front seats can be configured to entertain children with Augmented Reality (AR). The interior is bright, with a natural design. All HMI (Human Machine Interface) elements are manufactured using sustainable materials combined with recycled or natural materials.
The futuristic exterior of the GEN.TRAVEL is divided into two parts: the transparent glass cabin is perfectly combined with the lower part, which houses all the technical characteristics. The edge of the window is at waist level, making it very low to maximize the view out. At the same time, when the passengers are lying in the carriage, they do not feel any external influences. GEN.TRAVEL swing doors facilitate better entry and exit.
For maximum comfort, the GEN.TRAVEL has an active suspension eABC (Electric Active Body Control), which pre-calculates vertical and lateral movements such as acceleration, braking or cornering, and optimizes driving style and trajectory accordingly. Artificial intelligence (AI) and platooning – fully autonomous driving in a convoy – are used to further increase range for long-distance journeys.