this new autonomous and electric vehicle is a real living room on the move

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In each edition, the Chantilly Concours d’Élégance is an opportunity for car manufacturers to unveil exceptional vehicles. Among those in the 2022 edition, we must count on the Volkswagen Gen.Travel, a new concept car from the Wolfsburg firm. This electric and autonomous rolling lounge is an experimental vehicle, which wants to think of an alternative to short-haul flights by offering “mobility solutions without emissions and without stress”. Which work

Halfway between a sedan and a minivan, this new Volkswagen Gen.Travel uses a split design. The upper part of the vehicle – which forms a kind of cocoon – is covered with windows, to provide good light inside. The lower part is protected by a bodywork, it is distinguished by the prominent wheel arches or its C-shaped LED daytime running light at the front.

A cabin that fits its occupants

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With these butterfly doors, installing the Volkswagen Gen.Travel seems to be easier to do. Modular, this cabin can carry up to four people at a time. In a seated position, the four chairs can be oriented around a table, so that the occupants can work in particular. At night, two chairs can be opened to form beds. A lighting system then helps regulate passengers’ melatonin production to help them fall asleep.

It gives pride of place to sustainable materials

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Among the possible configurations, Volkswagen also explains that Gen.Travel can seat children in the front and broadcast entertainment content to them through an augmented reality system. The manufacturer specifies that the upholstery is made with sustainable, recycled or completely natural materials.

An autonomous concept car, but also smart

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Equipped with a level 5 autonomous driving function, this Volkswagen Gen.Travel concept car is essentially without a steering wheel. It also has an active electric suspension system, which allows it to “adapt the drive and the trajectory” according to accelerations, braking or even turns out of the road. Volkswagen also indicates that the Gen.Travel is equipped with artificial intelligence that allows it to travel in convoy.

No information is provided by the manufacturer in the technical sheet of this Volkswagen Gen.Travel. The power, the electrical autonomy or even the recharge time therefore remain well unknown. The first public appearance of Gen.Travel will take place at the Arts & Elegance competition in Chantilly, Sunday September 25, 2022.

to summarize

It is an electric, autonomous and intelligent model. The Volkswagen Gen.Travel is not necessarily for sale, but this concept car is positioned as a potential alternative to short-haul flights according to the manufacturer’s statements. Unveiled on the occasion of the Chantilly Concours d’Élégance, the Gen.Travel can accommodate four people in its modular interior, which is bathed in light thanks to its large glass surfaces. Getting in and out is also made easier thanks to the butterfly doors. Inside the Gen.Travel, many configurations are possible, in particular the seats can be folded to form beds. Ambient lighting is dimmed to help passengers sleep. Equipped with level 5 autonomous driving functionality, this Volkswagen Gen.Travel is capable of driving in convoy to move several dozen travelers at a time.

Quentin Gueroult

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