Soon it's the car that drives you – and not the other way around.
Self-propelled technology has come a long way in many cars today.
Volvo is one of the leading car brands. Earlier this fall, they showed us a very ambitious concept. Namely Volvo 360c. A very interesting study about how they look for the future of passenger transportation.
A car is a fully autonomous autonomous car, or self-driving, without a human driver. This concept uses design freedom that occurs when removing the steering wheel and combustion engine and no need to place passengers on two or three seats.
Lex Kerssemakers is one of the top executives at Volvo for many years now, now he is senior vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa. Kerssemakers recently visited Norway. We take the opportunity to know more about what he thinks about developments over the years to come.
Yes, this is coming!
His job is to predict how technology will develop what Volvo will do to fulfill this.
We got an exclusive meeting and did not have the opportunity to leave us. Among other things, to ask about new and interesting concept cars from Volvo, 360c. Whether it came true or just dream of flying high.
– This one is coming. I can say that with certainty. It may not be exactly in the design, but that is also not very important. But technology, applications and the way we use technology – it comes. And that's what's important here and not how the car looks, "said Kerss, a confident maker.
"The industry will change for years to come, and Volvo will be one of the leaders in this development. Autonomous driving allows us to take the next big step in security. Volvo is a car brand that puts humans in the middle. We emphasize daily life – the day and the safety of our customers – and how we can help make it better, he explained.
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With certainty to do it
But when, he doesn't want to say anything about it. But he suggested that it might not take more than 10 to 15 years. Development is fast.
– Of course, but we must take this step by step. The most important thing is to do it right, safely, and safely.
"There are too many killed in traffic. About 1.2 million people every year. Most accidents occur because of human failure. We want to do something about it at Volvo. Extensive research and research shows that with self-propelled cars, this number will go down, he explained sharply.
But it's really painless, it's hard to go. We must, as you know, destroy some eggs to make omelet. It's a bit like this too.
"Yes, and that's bad for press coverage if an accident happens with a self-propelled car. It's all getting along, and that's big. But as mentioned; 1.2 million people lose their lives in traffic every year in cars that don't run alone.
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– Driving never inspires
– That said, I understand skepticism and that is unusual. Again, we need to take step by step and evaluate carefully along the way. But we will get this, I do not hesitate, this will be gradual in stages and where it is easy to handle first. Let me give an example:
"Some people think it's very pleasant to stand in an eternal line on the highway, because you often go in and out of big cities during rush hour. It might take hours. In such cases, we know that many are more like to work, watch movies, read books, hold telephone meetings, or just relax and maybe take a nap?
"In this case, the failure of the driving line will not be a strong argument. In any case, I rarely experience driving or driving as inspiration, he laughs.
"I think the transition will go well when you get used to thinking. That might be like going from listening to the radio to watching TV, Kerssemakers explained.
But in the long run, Volvo thinks this will take a long time. They see this as a potential competitor for shorter air travel. Get some sleep when you get in the car and wake up refreshed while you are traveling.
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The fact that it is now more common to order cars over the internet without going to a dealer might also do something about the retailer's structure in the future. Also the fact that electric cars have much lower maintenance requirements than fossil cars,
Around these things, not surprisingly, Kerssemakers made some thoughts.
"It's true that electric cars have maintenance requirements that are far lower than fossil cars. But the phases of electric cars will take time. We have been selling record cars in recent years and we will continue to sell fossil cars in the future. from the fact that our car is among those who have the longest lifespan, there will hardly be big things around the retail structure, in any case, six to seven years later, he believes.
"We also see that not everyone is ready to order cars and services online. Many still like to see and use before buying. But I think we are in a breaking phase and new trading patterns and new services will emerge. For example, we has had great online ordering success when we launched the second generation XC90. It's been a few years ago. Those experiences are important. They will continue with us to continue the development and adaptation of the market.
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"Another interesting thing for us is Care City Volvo. In short, we offer total car packages, subscriptions, which cover the entire car team from financing, maintenance, and changes to other cars when needed, etc. Enough with cars from A to Z.
"It is also exciting and we have great faith in the future. It is still in the stage of trial and error for us and it is useful to bring the user experience from here to further develop this concept.
"One thing is certain: Having and using a car in the future will not be what it is now, Volvo" the future "is over
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This case was first published in Broom.no