Self-driving 'InMotion' concept puts your living room on wheels

The vehicle doesn't have a driving column -- or even a steering wheel.

By James Breedlove | April 8 2017, 2:22am EST

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the company that discontinued the Saab name last June, debuted its InMotion electric level 5 autonomous car concept at CES Asia that's essentially a modular room on wheels. There aren't even any dashboard controls: Occupants adjust the seating arrangements, lighting and environmental settings with a paired app. A concept for the self-driving living/working space of the future has arrived.

With its plastic rhomboid shape and wheel pods, the InMotion looks the part of a forward-looking concept car. Even the windows are intended to operate as displays, maximizing workspace. Even other autonomous concepts with adjustable interiors, like the Mercedes-Benz F 015, have been loath to ditch the driving column -- either to reassure nervous riders or cautiously abide by existing autonomous laws that require drivers have the ability to take over controls at any time.

 

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Regardless of whether the InMotion would end up as a tiny Google Bus (or autonomous shuttle) allowing folks to work on their way to work, NEVS sees it as a communal vehicle. Imagine paying into a timeshare of sorts where the vehicle drops you off at work and then zooms out to another commuter -- but the customizable interior space would adjust to your presets when the vehicle senses you approaching. As always with concepts, there's no telling whether these ideas will make it into a production vehicle, but the intent to separate "car" from "driving responsibilities" is catching on.

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