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Volvo’s autonomous alternative to flying: the 360c Concept

There’ve been countless fruitless debates about the pointlessness of promoting the use of public transport for commuting since everyone would prefer the privacy of a personal vehicle any given day, especially if they didn’t have to drive it. That’s for intra-city travel. Now scale that up to inter-city travel and maybe even short-distance international travel like in Europe where the countries aren’t too big. The hassles of flying like booking tickets, getting to the airport, check-in times, crowded queues and being restricted to your cramped seat can all be avoided. That’s what Volvo is suggesting with their brand new electric autonomous concept – the 360c.

Volvo 360c Exterior

The 360c is quite simply a first-class private cabin that offers door-to-door service, autonomously. So, it is a room on wheels in which you can spend your travel time doing whatever you want – sleep, work, relax or just entertain yourself. Funnily enough, when Volvo was teasing this new concept vehicle on Instagram, that’s pretty much what I’d said to them in the comments. Even if the road route turns out to be more time consuming than air travel, it can be used more constructively to be productive instead of just waiting, queueing or being buckled up.


Not only is the 360c autonomous, it is also electric but Volvo hasn’t specified the details of the powertrain or the battery and its range capabilities. But as a concept of mobility, this does sound quite appealing, especially for those who take numerous business trips across relatively short distances.

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“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 Mårten 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.”

Of course, a world where something like the 360c could be a valid alternative would require a huge infrastructural change as well. That’s what makes this rather straight-forward Volvo concept so remarkably innovative. Do you agree? Share your thoughts on the 360c in the comments below the gallery and don’t forget to subscribe to get the latest updates on our freshest content.

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