Proposed cabin for an autonomous Volvo makes debut at LA motor show; expected to influence interior of new S90
18 November 2015

This is the Volvo Concept 26, an interior design that shows how the interior of one of the Swedish brand’s luxury models could look in the future.

The LA motor show concept’s name is designed to reflect the average daily commute to work, which lasts for 26 minutes, and Volvo-commissioned research that shows this journey, and long-haul motorway runs, are the trips drivers would most like the car to take control of. The firm says it has set out to “bring choice and freedom back to the driver - to enjoy the driving experience when they want to, or to delegate driving to the car when they want to do something else”.

Volvo has revealed new concepts. View the V40 concept here, and the XC40 concept here.

The core of Concept 26 is a seat design which includes some patented mechanisms, according to the manufacturer, that hold the occupant in place while the car switches between three modes: Drive, Create or Relax. In Drive, the layout is conventional, but in the other two modes the steering wheel retracts into the dashboard and a large screen emerges to be used for infotainment or work.

Tisha Johnson, chief designer for Volvo interiors, said: “We researched what people would want to do in a car, and reconfigured the interior to allow them to do different things behind the wheel."

To engage autonomous mode you hold the steering wheel paddles, then the countdown begins for you to retake the controls at the end of the journey, allowing you to plan your time on the trip. There are configurations for the seat, tablet and screens that allow you to do a range of activities, and you can re-engage the controls by selecting Drive mode again.

While in autonomous mode, the car communicates to the driver what it is doing – such as passing a car – and allows you to take back controls. “This is an important part of building trust,” according to Johnson.

“We want to retake the time lost to the driver on a commute," Johnson added. "We can do this using today’s technology and platforms. Soon, autonomous driving will be a part of people’s lives and we have intuitive, safe, beautiful solutions."

Cues from the interior design are expected to influence future Volvos, including the upcoming S90 luxury saloon. The concept has been created with measurements and technology from the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which will underpin all of its large models.

Volvo’s vice-president of R&D, Peter Mertens, said: “We have gone to great lengths to understand the challenges and opportunities that autonomous cars will bring to people in coming years, and our flexible approach to engineering and design, enabled by our SPA, means that we can readily bring this from concept to reality.”

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18 November 2015
So nice. Much better than the Audi Q7 that is festooned with small screens. I bet that giant passenger screen won't make it through though. Whats it for?

18 November 2015
But i'm pretty sure that the S/V90 will share their interior with the XC90. Now, the S/V/XC 60 OTOH...

 

 

18 November 2015
tuga wrote:

But i'm pretty sure that the S/V90 will share their interior with the XC90. Now, the S/V/XC 60 OTOH...

The interior of the S/V90 has already been leaked on various websites, and you are correct, its virtually the same as the XC90.

18 November 2015
Then everyone in the car would be able to control the hifi, put in sat nav destinations etc. Could stick all the car manuals on it as well.

19 November 2015
Firstly why no sensibly placed sat nav screen like in the Audi Q series and various BMW's, you'd have to pay a £1000 plus for the HUD option to avoid refocusing your eyes every time you look down at the Sat nav between the dials! No one would place a TomTom there!
And, to many buttons on the steering wheel. it makes it look like a ps4 controller only more complicated.

 

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19 November 2015
xxxx wrote:

Firstly why no sensibly placed sat nav screen like in the Audi Q series and various BMW's, you'd have to pay a £1000 plus for the HUD option to avoid refocusing your eyes every time you look down at the Sat nav between the dials! No one would place a TomTom there!
And, to many buttons on the steering wheel. it makes it look like a ps4 controller only more complicated.

What part of Autonomous concept are you failing to comprehend, the car drives itself, it doesn't need a screen to look at.

19 November 2015
Citytiger wrote:
xxxx wrote:

Firstly why no sensibly placed sat nav screen like in the Audi Q series and various BMW's, you'd have to pay a £1000 plus for the HUD option to avoid refocusing your eyes every time you look down at the Sat nav between the dials! No one would place a TomTom there!
And, to many buttons on the steering wheel. it makes it look like a ps4 controller only more complicated.

What part of Autonomous concept are you failing to comprehend, the car drives itself, it doesn't need a screen to look at.

Look closer and you're see a steering wheel, I suppose it's Autonomous and it isn't connected to the wheels. Comprehend

 

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19 November 2015
In "normal" mode the passenger has a face-level vent for fresh air and HVAC. In "full screen" mode this vent is now facing the roof without the addition of any vents around the screen to provide the face-level air to the passenger. Twenty-six minutes in L.A. traffic in the summer would prove to be a roasting experience without full-tilt in-your-face-AC.

19 November 2015
I like it. Always thought Volvo used to excel in interior design (with the emphasis on used to). Regarding the large infotainment screen, two really obvious questions - 1. where's the glovebox? and 2. where's the airbag? Actually there's 3rd question - have Volvo designers ever sat directly in front of a 32" TV and tried watching it? Free Specsavers voucher with ever car!

19 November 2015
I wonder if a HUD that covers the whole windscreen would work better...or is even possible? Isnt Jaguar working on something like that? I would start feeling nauseous within 5 mins of watching that big passenger screen on this Volvo concept. The signals from the senses and vision have to match in a moving vehicle or else its bag out / pull over and bluuuurrrrgh.

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