The InMotion concept is a level-5 autonomous EV with a minimalist interior
National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the Swedish-Chinese holding company which acquired the assets of bankrupt automaker Saab in 2012, revealed its latest autonomous concept vehicle at CES Asia last week.
Following a noticeable trend e-mobility naming, the “InMotion concept” is a level 5 autonomous vehicle that’s part car and part conference room. According to the company, three configurable interior layouts allows the vehicle to be flexible and adaptable to passenger requirements – whether that’s travelling alone or conducting a meeting on the go.
Working from another growing automotive trend, NEVS says that interior layout and control of the vehicle will be conducted via an App. This reduces the need for additional controls within the cabin, and explains its otherwise fairly minimal appearance.
“Occupants access the App to control seat movements, Lighting Ambiance, Environment,” the company says, as well as (presumably) ride-hailing and navigation. “Upon arrival, InMotion will welcome the customer and prepare the interior space according to the personal needs. Occupants only enter and exit the vehicle from the side of the curb to increase safety,” NEVS adds.
It also promises wireless technologies, including wireless charging, although whether this includes charging of the EV itself, we’re not sure.
Jonas Hernqvist, Vice President of Sales & Marking at NEVS. “This design is starting from an interior perspective, with the intention of showing how people can add quality to their lives by filling the time of travelling with value, and not wasting it by being stuck behind the wheel, sometimes for hours just to get across the downtown areas. This is why we are displaying this flexible and very user friendly concept. This is unique compared to others”, says
Certainly the promise of autonomous vehicles is that they can free up time otherwise spent driving, in theory allowing users to be more productive. However, the idea that this time might be used as an actual meeting space – or indeed a family hangout – is rather more contrived.
What is clear is that along with firms like Uber and Tesla, NEVS sees car ownership declining in the long term in favour of on-demand mobility. “Users will have a flexible access to a car, without car ownership. That means the best type of vehicle for your different needs on-demand and go anywhere, anytime,” it says in its release.
It’s unlikely that a car resembling the InMotion will go into production any time soon. But level 5 autonomy is already here, and it won’t be long before concept ideas like these start to resemble road-ready models. NEVS’ factory in Tianjin, China has already been granted a production licence and plans to begin producing electric Saab 9-3s by the end of this year. It may not be too much longer before something resembling the InMotion rolls off the line too.