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Volkswagen Introduces GEN.TRAVEL, A Self-Driving Innovation Experience Vehicle




Volkswagen has taken the wraps off its latest concept vehicle. Named GEN.TRAVEL, it is a battery electric “Level 5” autonomous device that the company describes as an Innovation Experience Vehicle. The inelegantly named GEN.TRAVEL will provide a Mobility as a Service experience for up to four pampered passengers. To hear Volkswagen tell it, the concept could be a dandy substitute for short-range air travel or maybe as an alternative to the Nightjet high-speed train service coming to parts of Europe. Here’s what the company has to say about its latest creation.

With GEN.TRAVEL, the Volkswagen Group has developed an iconic, innovation-packed study that constitutes a completely new vehicle category in the premium portfolio between sedan and multi purpose Vehicle). “With its NEW AUTO strategy, Volkswagen defines the mobility for generations to come — sustainable and digital,“ says Dr. Nikolai Ardey, head of Volkswagen Group Innovation.


“In the group-wide Volkswagen Innovation Research department, we are further advancing this idea, showing how our customers will be able to experience mobility in the future. With GEN.TRAVEL, we can already experience today what will be possible in the near future with innovative technology. Door-to-door travel at a new level. Emission-free and stress-free.”


The GEN.TRAVEL drives autonomously and turns the driver into a relaxed passenger who has time for other things: Work. Relaxation. Entertainment. Family. Klaus Zyciora, head of Volkswagen Group Design says, “The GEN.TRAVEL offers us a glimpse of the travel of the future. It shows us what autonomous driving will look like in the future. The GEN.TRAVEL embodies the visionary design of beyond tomorrow for the mobility of tomorrow. Efficient shaping characterizes the extremely distinctive design. Thus, in an age of technical perfection and virtually unlimited possibilities, ‘form follows function’ becomes ‘form follows freedom’. The automobile will not only be better, but also more exciting than ever before.”


The GEN.TRAVEL has a unique, modular interior concept that can be customized for each journey and booked as a Mobility as a Service offering. Depending on the configuration, up to four people can be transported in the concept vehicle. For business trips, the conference setup with four comfortable seats and a large table in the middle of the interior provides relaxed surroundings. Dynamic lighting creates a pleasant working environment and avoids the danger of motion sickness. A configuration in the overnight setup allows the conversion of two seats into two beds that can be folded out to a full-flat position.


An innovative passenger restraint system ensures maximum safety even in a lying position. The GEN.TRAVEL lighting system influences melatonin production to help passengers fall asleep and wake up naturally. For family trips, the GEN.TRAVEL with front seats can be configured to entertain the children using augmented reality. The interior is light with a natural design. All human-machine interface elements are produced 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 incorporated into the lower section, which houses all the technical features. The edge of the window is at waist level, making it very low so as to maximize the view of the outside. At the same time, when passengers are lying down flat in the car, they do not experience any external influences. The wing doors of the GEN.TRAVEL facilitate better entry and exit.


For maximum comfort, the GEN.TRAVEL has active suspension eABC — electric Active Body Control — that calculates vertical and lateral movements such as acceleration, braking, or cornering ahead of time, and optimizes the driving style and trajectory accordingly. Artificial intelligence and platooning — fully autonomous driving in convoys — are used to further increase the range for long distance journeys.
 
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"Emission-free and stress-free.”

Not entirely sure about that second part - As often happens, things fail at inopportune times. I think I might be more stressed about the multitude of systems and devices functioning at a 100% level for 100% of the time.

Perhaps someday though.
 

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Why does it have to look like that?
To distract you from the actual concepts/ideas that will make it's way into ID Buzz based robotaxis that will hit the roads in Germany in 2025. VW said those vehicles will be optimized for robotaxi service so strip away the marketing jargon from OP and you get an ID Buzz with...
-modular interior concept that can be customized for each journey
-booked as a Mobility as a Service offering
-four comfortable seats and a large table in the middle of the interior provides relaxed surroundings
-the conversion of two seats into two beds that can be folded out to a full-flat position with innovative passenger restraint system ensures maximum safety even in a lying position
-dynamic lighting (I'm thinking like Boeing's Sky interior lighting)
-eABC — electric Active Body Control
-cool materials inside

...all things that could easily be incorporated into the platform considering it's a van. Let's not forget this was the interior the Buzz concept was shown with.
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This will not end well!!
Trust me I've owned a lot of VW's we really don't need them driving themselves.
"Physically challenged man found dead in self driving VW because he was apparently unable to return home for his required daily medication before the car turned itself around and went back to the dealer for another repair again and again and again and again and again and again and again..."
 

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"Physically challenged man found dead in self driving VW because he was apparently unable to return home for his required daily medication before the car turned itself around and went back to the dealer for another repair again and again and again and again and again and again and again..."
You stole my thunder. I was going to ask if it will sense when a window regulator is failing and drive itself to the dealership.
 
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