VW’s autonomous EV that allows passengers to sleep lying down

The concept car isn’t just testing how Level 5 automation — where a car operates without human input — affects how it drives. Gen.Travel is also designed to test what features could be available to passengers when the technology becomes more widely available.


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Source: Volkswagen Group

Take a look inside the battery-powered Gen.Travel, which VW says will let passengers sleep horizontally and could be an alternative to short-haul flights in the future.

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Volkswagen Group


The interior has no steering wheel or controls, which provides a lot of possibilities for how the cabin could be arranged, Volkswagen Group head of design Klaus Zyciora told Insider.

Volkswagen Group, Gen.Travel concept


Volkswagen Group


“It’s not just the advantage of creating more space around you and offering the ability to sleep. It’s also the advantage of not having to take care of the car,” Zyciora said. The car has been designed from the “inside out” based on what passengers might want, he added.

Volkswagen Group, Klaus Zyciora


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The minimalist modular interior is fully customizable, depending on the needs of passengers traveling on Gen.Travel.

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Volkswagen Group


If passengers are traveling overnight, a two-seat arrangement folds down into two 6.5-foot-long beds. Seat belts and airbags are built into the quilt for safety purposes, VW said.

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Volkswagen Group


The company said all HMI (human-machine interface) components have been produced using sustainable materials, along with recycled or natural materials.

Folding seats in VW's Gen.TRAVEL prototype


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Those using the car for business purposes have the option of a four-seat ‘conference configuration’ around a central desk. The vehicle can also be configured for families and equipped with augmented reality to entertain children.

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Volkswagen Group


The lighting can also be adjusted according to the mood and the reason for the trip.

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Volkswagen Group


Despite the heavy focus on the experience inside the cabin, VW also paid close attention to how the exterior of the car could affect the experience inside the cabin. The windows are designed to give passengers as much view as possible, regardless of where they sit.

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Volkswagen Group


The edges of the windows are recessed at waist level so that reclining passengers can see out, according to Zyciora. “We even have a window in the ceiling so if you go through cities you can see the skyscrapers,” he said.

Volkswagen Group


Volkswagen Group


The panoramic windshield is also a nod to history. It was inspired by the Rumpler drop car (named after its raindrop shape), which was presented at the German Motor Show in Berlin in 1921.

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