Una mirada al futuro: un auto que no tiene volante y puede replacer a un avión

Volkswagen’s concept is called GEN.TRAVEL, and it’s a project that tries to become a vehicle solution that can replace airplanes for short trips

As time has passed, The car concept has suffered changes motivated by diverse reasons, que afectaron su esencia inicial de modo profundo. Hubo cambios a raíz de las alliances between brandsotros a causa de la need to be more efficient sin perder habitabilidad, y otros directamente relacionados con la arrival of technology

De pronto, that which was simply a means of transport con determinadas caracteristics de equipamiento y mecánica, pasó a ser un bien much more expensiveit became en el enemy of the environment y perdió forma propia para adoptar profiles estándar que aseguraban the election of the majority of users.

Today, it is normal to confuse models of different brands. To identify them, many people must resort to looking for the logotype or the insignia on the grill or the cola rim, and yet, once they have recognized it, muchos vuelven a ser unidentifiables. Una de las grandes pérdidas de manyas marcas, ha sido la identidad de la trompa. Los cambios de diseño de parrilla y faros, han jado atrás años de un estilo en muchos casos, en nombre del modernismo.

The gullwing doors allow mejor acceso al habitáculo
The gullwing doors allow mejor acceso al habitáculo

Por esa razón, with the excuse of the electric car as a reason to create a new generation, they are starting to recover classic and pregnant forms and designs que la industria tuvo en otro tiempo, con el objetivo de recuperar esa identidad camulada entre la multitude.

Quienes piensan los autos del futuro tienen claras estas questionesand as the concept projects are stylistic experiments that do not require those limitations that an engineering department usually imposes on designers, interesting ideas appear, where the form recovers something from lost ground.

Volkswagen has just presented a very interesting concept car called GEN.TRAVELand which corresponds to the category of completely autonomous electric cars, something that currently does not exist in any part of the world, neither by development nor by legislation.

Sin volante ni pedales, con dos asientos o cuatro according to the disposition que se quiera oferer a los usuarios
Sin volante ni pedales, con dos asientos o cuatro according to the disposition que se quiera oferer a los usuarios

It’s a combination between a sedan and a minivan that takes advantage of every square centimeter of surface area to convert it into part of a spacious cabin. Dentro de esa cabina, su gran versatilidad le permite con verso sin demácios movimientos en a meeting room with four facing seats or a dormitory for two occupants.

When the choice is made of a place to rest, the car has a calibrated illumination so that it influences the production of melatonin to help passengers rest and wake up naturally. One of the great problems with the reclining seats are the restraint systems, and VW has taken this into account, since when reclining completely, the seat belts continue to hold the passenger’s body still in a horizontal position.

So that the access is more simple, las puertas se abren con el sistema de ala de gaviota y al ser un vehicule autónomo de Nivel 5 (que se conduce solo sin intervention del ser humano), no tiene volante ni pedales sino solamente un mando tipo joystick.

The design of the VW GEN.TRAVEL recovers its own forms, something that has been lost in the industry in general in the last decades
The design of the VW GEN.TRAVEL recovers its own forms, something that has been lost in the industry in general in the last decades

Externally, Volkswagen is in charge of designing a form that can be identified. Visto de perfil es cuándo más se nota su particular estilo, con una especie de cabina vidriada sobre una plataforma. The front and rear windows are not very large, unlike the side windows, and the explanation is in the autonomous driving, so the passengers are eso, passengers and none must pay attention to the road.

Technologically, a system of active suspension connected to satellite navigationpermite que el GEN.TRAVEL read the road before you pass it, so that you can predict curves or slopes and program the hardness and reaction of the elastic devices, so that the occupants do not notice the qualities of the terrain.

The idea with which the project was conceived is lograr un “Innovation Experience Vehicle” (IEV), predicting how it could change long-distance mobility in the next decade. The concept is proposed an alternative to airplanes for short flights.

The Volvo 360c was presented last year as an idea similar to the VW GEN.TRAVEL.  A car that adapts to be a meeting room or a relaxation room for a night trip
The Volvo 360c was presented last year as an idea similar to the VW GEN.TRAVEL. A car that adapts to be a meeting room or a relaxation room for a night trip

This is not a new idea. A year ago, Volvo presented a vehicle quite similar in terms of utility, the 360cwhich does not have a form as bold as the Volkswagen, but it is developed as a medium alternative transport to an airplane for a journey of up to 5 hours. The argument is that, considering the time it takes to go to the airport, embark, fly, descend and arrive at the destination, an autonomous vehicle that has sufficient comfort and autonomy could take the same time without so much trouble or trouble.

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