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Cadillac shows sporty coupes have a gorgeous future in autonomous age

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The canopy opens along with the side doors to create roomier ingress/egress
The canopy opens along with the side doors to create roomier ingress/egress
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The Cadillac InnerSpace Concept explores sleeker, sportier styling that's still very much Cadillac
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The Cadillac InnerSpace Concept explores sleeker, sportier styling that's still very much Cadillac
The InnerSpace is a low, sporty concept car with room for two
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The InnerSpace is a low, sporty concept car with room for two
The canopy opens along with the side doors to create roomier ingress/egress
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The canopy opens along with the side doors to create roomier ingress/egress
The InnerSpace interior wraps occupants with a sofa bench and curved LED display
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The InnerSpace interior wraps occupants with a sofa bench and curved LED display
The display can play augmented reality, entertainment or health/wellness content
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The display can play augmented reality, entertainment or health/wellness content
For less up-close-and-personal journeys, the sofa splits into two seats
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For less up-close-and-personal journeys, the sofa splits into two seats
Cadillac shows that a two-seater can be just as intriguing in the autonomous era
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Cadillac shows that a two-seater can be just as intriguing in the autonomous era
Nap time, anyone?
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Nap time, anyone?
Refreshments seem necessary in a mobile lounge like this one
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Refreshments seem necessary in a mobile lounge like this one
Preparing for a comfortable InnerSpace journey
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Preparing for a comfortable InnerSpace journey
The InnerSpace joins Cadillac's 2021 concepts in the growing Concept Halo family
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The InnerSpace joins Cadillac's 2021 concepts in the growing Concept Halo family
The Cadillac InnerSpace has a low stance and floor thanks to its decentralized Ultium battery
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The Cadillac InnerSpace has a low stance and floor thanks to its decentralized Ultium battery
The InnerSpace reminds us of an insect from this angle
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The InnerSpace reminds us of an insect from this angle
Kick back and relax
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Kick back and relax
Cadillac's PersonalSpace, SocialSpace and InnerSpace form the current Halo Concept Portfolio, which will welcome new concepts in the future
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Cadillac's PersonalSpace, SocialSpace and InnerSpace form the current Halo Concept Portfolio, which will welcome new concepts in the future
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While Chevrolet is busying itself readying the near future, Cadillac is diving deeper into the crystal ball, showing the all-new InnerSpace digital concept car at CES 2022. The ultra-low, sleek coupe has looks to kill, but it's really an interior concept, showing how autonomous driving can be used to create a personal theater as cozy as any living room.

We've often wondered if two-seaters will have much lifespan in the autonomous age. Every fully autonomous concept cabin seems to focus either on an intimate four-person+ vis-a-vis layout or a larger ride share-friendly mini-bus configuration. With the ghost in the machine taking care of all the driving, the exhilarating handling advantages of the coupe are mostly nullified, so maybe the two-door two-seater will ultimately become a forgotten dinosaur.

The InnerSpace says, "Not so fast," showing how sporty design and a two-seat interior could become more relevant than ever in a self-driving world.

Cadillac describes the concept as the reimagining of a classic runabout, and while it isn't a convertible like runabouts often are, it employs a panoramic glass roof that drapes over into the vehicle sides as a way of connecting with the world outside.

The Cadillac InnerSpace Concept explores sleeker, sportier styling that's still very much Cadillac
The Cadillac InnerSpace Concept explores sleeker, sportier styling that's still very much Cadillac

The InnerSpace's dramatically low stance, long curves and taut rear end make it worthy as a design study, but Cadillac's focus is entirely inside the lift-away canopy. Here, a snug cocoon wraps two passengers in a love-seat-style bench pointed at a rather dramatically curved LED display. The screen hosts the passengers' choice of augmented reality, entertainment or wellness recovery programming, and GM's Ultifi connected software platform allows Cadillac and authorized third parties to add additional themes and options. The panoramic canopy surrounding the duo ensures they never get so entranced by digital media as to lose touch with their natural surroundings.

The display can play augmented reality, entertainment or health/wellness content
The display can play augmented reality, entertainment or health/wellness content

Since not every pair of passengers will enjoy cozying up on a love seat, the InnerSpace bench also widens out and separates into two distinct seats that point slightly away from each other. That feature could also be useful for the couple that started the journey enjoying cozying up but realized mid-trip they wanted anything but.

The InnerSpace's low stance is made possible by the decentralized layout of the Ultium battery modules, a design pillar that also increases interior space. Goodyear tires with SoundComfort technology mitigate sound wave resonance to quiet the ride, and its Sightline digital tire tracking feeds information about tire pressure, temperature and load. We tend to doubt couples in a vehicle with this level of human-machine detachment will be all that concerned about tire stats, though.

Cadillac's PersonalSpace, SocialSpace and InnerSpace form the current Halo Concept Portfolio, which will welcome new concepts in the future
Cadillac's PersonalSpace, SocialSpace and InnerSpace form the current Halo Concept Portfolio, which will welcome new concepts in the future

The InnerSpace is part of what Cadillac calls its Halo Concept Porfolio, which kicked off at last year's CES with PersonalSpace solo eVTOL and SocialSpace shuttle concepts. The Halo vehicles are meant to be "visions for the next decade and beyond."

Source: Cadillac

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8 comments
8 comments
guzmanchinky
I'd rather have a van. With a bathroom, a little fridge and a place I can lay down and nap with seatbelts if I feel like it while the vehicle drives...
dan
so, when it is raining you don't get in or out of the car? ok, cars like this have a different, limited use...
paul314
If all you have is a hammer... It seems that all of the concept-car designers are using their imaginary panoramic displays for the same few ideas about making cars into offices or home theaters that happen to move. For commuter vehicles, maybe, but for a vehicle that's supposed to be about the pleasure of being on the road? How about some kind of AR apps that would increase the enjoyment of zipping along?
DOC HOLLYWOOD
Yep...you could get my money for this sexy beast.
Maybe a future version could have a slide-back roof panel for roadster driving.
Bodger
But can it still be driven in the passing lane at 30mph by overmedicated geriatrics?
thx1138
The car reminds me of the 2009 Thorium powered Cadillac concept car: https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/cadillac-concept-powered-thorium-lasers-can-last-100-years/
ljaques
Love the comments. Still laughing. I'll take a PersonalSpace, please.
Gregg Eshelman
That's a fastback roof style, an extreme one similar to the early 1970's "sportsroof" Mustang. Coupes have a distinct break at the base of the rear window, preferably with a window slope no greater than 45 degrees. With more slope that's getting to semi-fastback, like many Mustangs that aren't the coupe style. Or like convertible Corvettes with the removable hardtop installed.