Imagine a world in which you travel longer distances without the need for airports. A world in which you can avoid airport security, lengthy queuing and waiting, and noisy, cramped planes. What if, instead, you could take your own first-class private cabin that picks you up at home and takes you from door to door? This is a vision for the future of autonomous travel that Volvo Cars has imagined with its new 360c concept car, as an alternative to short-haul air travel. The Swedish car maker proposes that its fully autonomous, fully electric car without a human driver would be a more comfortable — and quicker — way of covering medium distances of about 300km than flying. Because the self-driving electric car won’t need a steering wheel or a combustion engine, it provides the ability to reimagine the traditional placement of passengers in rows of two or three. The interior can be set up as a comfortable and roomy lounge for use as a mobile office, living room, sleeping environment or e...

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