One of the advantages of autonomous vehicles that automakers often tout is the ability to convert the time one would usually spend driving into relaxation or leisure time. AV occupants could do all sorts of activities while en-route to their destination, from sleep to exercise and more, so the folks at GM Design are exploring how this might play a role in the interior design of its self-driving products.
The GM Design Instagram page recently shared a design sketch for an AV with a theater-like seating layout that is perfect for gaming and watching movies. The interior features two upright bucket seats, a center console with an integrated tablet screen and cupholders and, most importantly, a high-resolution widescreen display. A small parcel shelf also sits below the screen, giving occupants a place to put their bags and belongings while traveling.
“Who else would love to be able to game on a long road trip?” the description for the post reads. “There are so many possibilities with autonomous interiors. How would you use your commute time differently if you didn’t have to be behind the wheel?”
We’ve seen other automakers toy with the idea of integrating all sorts of absurd things into their autonomous vehicles, from sleep pods to succulent gardens, so this design is actually somewhat feasible compared to other AV design studies out there. That said, we imagine automakers will run into some hurdles marketing vehicles as sleep pods or gaming cafes on wheels, even if they are fully autonomous. If something were to go wrong in one of these AVs, the optics of marketing them as what equates to a hotel room on wheels could potentially be problematic.
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