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"Self-driving room" adapts to each passenger's needs

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The highlight of the InMotion is its flexible interior 
The highlight of the InMotion is its flexible interior 
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NEVS 9-3 electric sedan concept
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NEVS 9-3 electric sedan concept
NEVS 9-3 electric sedan concept
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NEVS 9-3 electric sedan concept
NEVS 9-3X crossover concept
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NEVS 9-3X crossover concept
NEVS 9-3X crossover concept
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NEVS 9-3X crossover concept
NEVS shows the InMotion at CES Asia
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NEVS shows the InMotion at CES Asia
The highlight of the InMotion is its flexible interior 
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The highlight of the InMotion is its flexible interior 
In meeting mode, all four InMotion seats point out toward the window/display
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In meeting mode, all four InMotion seats point out toward the window/display
Social mode provides a face-to-face seating layout
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Social mode provides a face-to-face seating layout
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National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which purchased Saab's assets back in 2012, is using CES Asia to show its vision of autonomous commuting. Owning a car is out in this particular mobility vision, and vehicles not only pick you up and drop you off autonomously, they change their interiors around your needs and whims. So you enjoy a personalized ride and can make the most of every moment.

In a perfect world, we'd be able to teleport from A to B in milliseconds by simply blinking our eyes, not wasting an unnecessary moment with travel. In the real world, of course, motor vehicle travel is a fact of life and, for many, a fact of daily life. Autonomous vehicles promise to make time spent in a car a bit less taxing by eliminating the need to physically drive, opening up more time for relaxation and leisure. The NEVS InMotion concept explores how the vehicle can further adapt to make ride time every bit as productive and enjoyable as time spent at home or work.

Designed as a car-sharing concept, the InMotion picks you up curbside, where its single butterfly door creates a wide opening, allowing all passengers to get in and out without having to walk into the street to the other side. It's not the prettiest car to ride the town in, but it's all about the interior, where a flex layout adapts to the rider(s), switching between private, meeting and social settings. The vehicle greets you upon arrival and shifts seating to your desired setting.

Private mode swivels your seat to face the wall, allowing you to get lost in your headphones, touchscreen or eyelids without even having to look at those around you. We think that one gets nicknamed "antisocial dick" mode in a hurry.

Social mode provides a face-to-face seating layout
Social mode provides a face-to-face seating layout

Social mode is the more traditional self-driving vis-à-vis layout, designed to facilitate conversations with other riders. Whether it's with friends you hailed the ride with or just strangers picked up along the way, you can chat the trip away.

Meeting mode swivels all seats to face the large transparent display on the door, which can be used for presentations, video conference calls or whatever's on the day's agenda.

In meeting mode, all four InMotion seats point out toward the window/display
In meeting mode, all four InMotion seats point out toward the window/display

Occupants can adjust interior lighting, seating and individual climate zone via an app, which cuts out the clutter of physical controls, keeping the interior clean. In-vehicle wireless charging keeps devices topped up.

More than just a vehicle concept, the InMotion is a brick in the foundation of a shared-vehicle mobility ecosystem. NEVS imagines commuters doing away with privately owned cars, instead relying on a fleet of self-driving electric vehicles, available on demand. These vehicles would come in various styles and sizes so riders would always have just the right travel tool for the trip at hand.

With fewer cars on roads and in parking lots, NEVS imagines arteries flowing more freely, promoting quicker, more efficient commuting. These Level 5 autonomous cars would also coordinate via car-to-car/infrastructure communications, further streamlining mobility. Not only is your time in transit more enjoyable thanks to the personalized atmosphere, it's shorter thanks to a more efficient transit system.

That picture-perfect, smooth-running mobility system remains a fantasy for now, but NEVS is making some related steps beyond just parading around a fancy showpiece. It announced last week that it will launch a car-sharing and ride-hailing mobility pilot program in Tianjin, China where it also has production and R&D facilities. NEVS will use a fleet of its 9-3 electric sedans for the program.

NEVS 9-3 electric sedan concept
NEVS 9-3 electric sedan concept

NEVS is showing a concept version of the 9-3 alongside the InMotion in Shanghai. Built to reflect Saab 9-3 heritage, the new all-electric 9-3 concept has a listed range of 186 miles (300 km). NEVS promises a suite of technologies, including in-vehicle Wi-Fi, battery management via smartphone, an advanced cabin air filter, and over-the-air software updates. The car will also have accompanying fleet features, including a digital smartphone key system, fleet management portal and smartphone vehicle control.

NEVS will build the 9-3 in China, with launch planned for 2018. It is also starting preparation of a crossover, the 9-3X.

Explore the InMotion a little more in the video below.

Source: NEVS

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5 comments
ljaques
Har! That's my mode, ASD. Now leave me alone. ;)
Bob Flint
The traffic will still occur as humans are not machines and have varying cycles and timing. When was the last time you had a meeting, and some people arrived late, or not interested, or had other last minute priorities? If you want to help put some toilet facilities into those seats...
The self driving vehicle level 6 all conditions is decades away, and likely never affordable en mass to bring the costs down..so stop dreaming about all the free time you plan on having, because it's not happening any time soon...
SaysMe
Of course, mine room would be a sex room on the go...
chase
Whoah! You mean you guys haven't been teleporting!? Got, i feel like such a cad now, i thought everyone was doing it, or tried it... at least once. The look of the above transpo is interesting. But i believe all these type concepts are not meant for existing areas of travel. I don't see them meshing in with current means and structure. You'd have to plan a rural area around these concepts to have them work well enough to be considered a viable means of travel. If you've ever taken public transportation or even a taxis or uber, you'll understand why i say so. I could see these concepts on perhaps a college campus... Or perhaps a new small community. Or Disney World or the like. Other than that... I don't see them coming to light. Hence i prefer teleportation at the moment. 😋 Cheers...
Jack Decker
I think they are starting to think along the right lines but they haven't yet fully grasped what an autonomous vehicles really mean.
FIRST time-sharing these cars will be a tiny tiny TINY fraction of the market. Most people will not want to use a car that others have used. Think about it. These designers think everyone will treat the cars nicely. Ever ride on a city bus? That's what time-shared cars will be like. It only takes one jerk or slob to ruin it for everyone who follows. No, people will still want to own their own cars. Doubly so because...
SECOND, people like customizing their vehicles to their tastes. Decorating both the interior and exterior. Finding their most comfortable chair for THEM. Color schemes. Fabric schemes. Etc.
THIRD, no business is doing to use these cars for business meetings. These designers were really stretching it on this point. Think about motion sickness alone. These designers should go ride in a car with someone else driving and only look out the side windows. And, needless to say, it only takes one person with motion sickness and vomiting ONCE to kill anyone from doing that nonsense again.
FOURTH, sleep. Yes, sleep. When I talk to people how they would actually use an autonomous car and mention, "Oh, you can also take a nap on your way to or from work.", their eyes instantly light up and they're all like, "Yes! That's what I want!" Imagine yourself. You have a half hour commute to work. You stayed up late the night before. You're tired. If you feel could trust the car to get you safely to your destination, wouldn't you grab a much needed nap? You bet you would. And people will. So if these designers actually want to design an autonomous car for how people would really like to use them, they should be designed as "self-driving BEDrooms". At least one chair should be designed to fully recline and still keep its occupant secure in case of a crash. The windows should be either designed to block out all light or be equipped with pull-down shades. The car audio system should have a "white noise" channel or playlist. The car's driving program should be designed for "maximum comfort" so it accelerates, breaks, and turns very smoothly. It should also try to avoid potholes and roads with speed bumps and rumble pads.