The Volkswagen Gen.Travel is an all-electric powered concept prototype that can theoretically drive autonomously (Level 5). The car’s modular interior concept makes it a flexible, sustainable Mobility- as-a-Service alternative to short-haul flights. As a research vehicle, the purpose of the Gen.Travel concept is to test new functionalities. Based on the series of research studies, individual features may later be transferred to future series vehicles.
For family trips, Gen.Travel has front seats that can be configured to entertain children using augmented reality (AR). The interior is light, with a natural design. All HMI (human-machine interface) elements are produced using sustainable materials, combined with recycled or natural materials.
The glass cabin is incorporated into the lower section, which houses all the technical features. The edge of the window is at waist level, making it very low so as to maximize the view of the outside. At the same time, when passengers are lying down flat in the car, they do not experience any external influences.
For maximum comfort, Gen.Travel has the active suspension eABC (electric Active Body Control) that calculates vertical and lateral movements such as acceleration, braking, or cornering ahead of time, and optimizes the driving style and trajectory accordingly.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and platooning – fully autonomous driving in convoys – are used to further increase the range for long-distance journeys.