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Volkswagen: The innovative way to travel: design study GEN.TRAVEL makes its global debut

The Volkswagen Group will present an autonomous driving research vehicle at Chantilly Arts & Elegance

At Chantilly Arts & Elegance near Paris, the Volkswagen Group will present an innovative design study on September 24 that will redefine the long-distance mobility of the future. The all-electric Innovation Experience Vehicle (IEV) is a true prototype that is self-driving (level 5) and gives a realistic vision of mobility in the decade to come. The car’s modular interior concept makes it a flexible and sustainable mobility-as-a-service alternative to short-haul flights. As a research vehicle, the purpose of the Gen.Travel is to test the concept and new features for customer response. Based on the results of the study, the individual characteristics can then be transferred to production vehicles.

With GEN.TRAVEL, the Volkswagen Group has developed an iconic study rich in innovations that constitutes a completely new category of vehicles in the premium portfolio between the sedan and the MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle). “With its NEW AUTO strategy, Volkswagen is defining mobility for generations to come – sustainable and digital,” says Dr. Nikolai Ardey, Head of Innovation at the Volkswagen Group. “In the group-wide Volkswagen Innovation Research department, we are taking this idea forward, showing how our customers can experience mobility in the future, for example as a service. With GEN.TRAVEL we can already experience today what will be possible in the near future with innovative technology. Door-to-door travel to a new level. Emission-free and stress-free.

The GEN.TRAVEL drives autonomously and transforms the driver into a relaxed passenger who has time for something else: work. Relaxation. Entertainment. Family. Klaus Zyciora, Head of Volkswagen Group Design, explains: “The GEN.TRAVEL gives us a glimpse of the journeys of the future. It shows us what autonomous driving will look like in the future. The GEN.TRAVEL embodies the visionary design of beyond tomorrow for the mobility of tomorrow. Efficient shaping characterizes the extremely distinctive design. Thus, in an age of technical perfection and virtually limitless possibilities, “form follows function” becomes “form follows freedom”. The automobile will not only be better, but also more exciting than ever.

The GEN.TRAVEL has a unique, modular interior concept that can be personalized for each trip and booked as a Mobility-as-a-Service offer. Depending on the configuration, up to four people can be transported in the concept vehicle. For business trips, the conference setup with four comfortable seats and a large table in the middle of the interior provides a relaxed ambience. Dynamic lighting creates a pleasant working environment and avoids the danger of motion sickness. A configuration in the night configuration allows the conversion of two seats into two beds which can be folded down to a completely flat position.

An innovative passenger restraint system ensures maximum safety even when lying down. The GEN.TRAVEL lighting system influences melatonin production to help passengers fall asleep and wake up naturally. For family trips, the GEN.TRAVEL with front seats can be configured to entertain children with augmented reality (AR). The interior is light, with a natural design. All HMI (Human-Machine Interface) elements are produced from sustainable materials, combined with recycled or natural materials.

The futuristic exterior of the GEN.TRAVEL is divided into two parts: The transparent glass cabin is perfectly integrated into the lower part, which houses all the technical features. The edge of the window is at waist level making it very low to maximize the view outside. At the same time, when passengers lie flat in the car, they are not subject to any external influence. The hinged doors of the GEN.TRAVEL facilitate entry and exit.

For maximum comfort, the GEN.TRAVEL features eABC (Electric Active Body Control) active suspension which calculates vertical and lateral movements such as acceleration, braking or cornering in advance and optimizes the riding style. conduct and trajectory accordingly. Artificial intelligence (AI) and platoon – fully autonomous driving in convoys – are used to further increase the autonomy of long-distance journeys.

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