As the world evolves towards electric cars and the addition of additional tech into cars, the world of self-driving vehicles is slowly coming to reality. Companies such as Waymo, Uber, Volvo, Apple and even Audi are working on getting their vehicles fitted with self-driving technology . Enter the 25th Hour Project by Audi.
The project explores the idea of what will passengers do then when they confronted a self-driving car. Working in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO in Sttutgart, experts on human-machine interaction investigated ways on how to provide every user with a personally optimised automobile interior in the future. For example, how the car interior can become a perfect workplace.
“When cars no longer have a steering wheel, premium mobility can be newly defined. In future, people travelling from A to B will be able to surf the Internet at leisure, play with their children – or do concentrated work,” says Melanie Goldmann, head of Culture and Trends Communication at Audi. “Together with the experts from the Fraunhofer Institute, we want to find out what is important for making optimal use of time in a self-driving car.”