Volvo Cars made public its new interior design concept and innovation platform destined for the first generation of autonomous driving cars it is currently developing. Concept 26 as it is known was introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Motor Show being held this week, and it seeks to rethink the way we conceive of and will eventually use self-driving vehicles.
According to Volvo, Concept 26 will focus on addressing the changing needs of motorists who will no longer be required to pay as much attention to driving tasks as they currently do. Among the new ideas being developed under Concept 26 include an innovative new seat design that cradles the driver, a foldable tray table and a 25-inch flat-screen monitor.
The Autonomous Drive Concept also calls for the introduction of three distinct drive modes tailored to specific situations: Drive, Create and Relax. Explained Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager of the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center, which developed Concept 26, “by providing drivers the choice of when to drive or delegate driving, we are able to retain the love and freedom of the open road while fixing the broken commute.”