During the month of September 2018 (to be precise on day 5) Volvo presented to the world a prototype linked to the concept of autonomous driving and purely urban use of the car. The car was called 360c and has already become a source of inspiration for both the Swedish brand itself and its rivals on the global market.
At the heart of the 360c concept is an electric car equipped with level five autonomous driving. The presence of a real driver is therefore excluded from the start, with Volvo interpreting in a different and new way the way people travel, interact with friends, family and business contacts, regaining possession of their free time while they move from one place to another. The 360c is a vehicle with four modes of use: rest, mobile office, lounge and entertainment space. Thanks to the total autonomous driving, the car does not require any intervention from the passenger, except to initially set the route, and the photos published by Volvo even showed a person intent on sleeping, in order to optimize the movement between cities for reasons of business.
Volvo spoke of Urban design for car lines and safety as the cornerstone of the driving system: “The 360c presents a proposal for a standardized communication system for autonomous vehicles that will allow other road users and other autonomous vehicles to understand what the 360c is about to do. We believe that such a standardized system can help make autonomous vehicle driving a safe and enjoyable reality“. Although the concept has remained for now only an exercise in style, the car has already given factual inspiration to the designers of the Swedish house: the wheels of the C40 Recharge they are for example derived from those of the concept. While as regards the forms, the very recent Bmw i Vision Circular, made of recycled and recyclable material, did not go too far from Volvo’s intended footprint. The prototype was also awarded at the 2018 Green Prix.