Soon the car that drives you – and not the other way round.
Self-propelled technology is already far in many of today's cars.
Volvo is one of the leading brands of cars. Before this autumn we showed a very ambitious concept. For example Volvo 360c. A very interesting study on how to look for the future of passenger traffic.
The car is a completely autonomous or self-sufficient full electric car without a human driver. The concept uses the freedom of design that occurs when removing the steering wheel and the internal combustion engine, and the passenger does not need to be placed on two or three seats.
Lex Kerssemakers has been one of the leading leaders in Volvov for many years and is now the senior vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Kerssemakers were recently visiting Norway. We took the opportunity to know more about what he thinks about development in the coming years.
Yeah, it's coming!
His job is to predict how technology will develop what Volvo will do to fulfill this.
We have an exclusive meeting and we did not have the opportunity to leave us. Among other things, we are wondering about the new, exciting concept car of Volvo, 360c. Does it become a reality or is it just a very knitting dream?
– This one comes. I can say this with great certainty. Maybe it's not exactly in this design, but it's not that important either. But the technology, the application and the way technology is used – comes. And that's what matters here and not what the car looks like, "says confident Kerssemakers.
"The industry will change in the coming years, and Volvo will be among the leaders in this development." Autonomous driving allows us to make the next major step towards safety Volvo is a brand of a car that puts people at the center of our lives. – and how we can help to make it better, explains.
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Do it with certainty
But when he does not want to say anything about it. However, it suggests that it will not last more than 10 to 15 years. Development is fast.
– Of course, but we have to take it step by step. The most important thing is to do this correctly, safely and securely.
"We are trying to do something in Volvo," he said. Extensive studies and surveys suggest that this number will be reduced with its own cars, it will be interpreted very strongly.
But completely without pain, it's hard to go. One must, as you know, crush some eggs to make omelets. That's something similar.
"Yes, and it's bad to cover the media if the car has been driven by an accident. Everything is happening, and that's a lot. But as mentioned, 1.2 million people lose their lives each year in cars that they do not drive themselves.
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– The ride is never inspiring
– Well, I understand skepticism and it's unusual. We need to take it step-by-step and accurately evaluate this path. But we'll get it, I'm not in the moment of doubt. It will gradually be gradual and where it will be easy to handle at first. Let me give an example:
"Some of them think that it is especially fun to stand in the eternal row on the highway, as you often come in and between major cities in the biggest hours. It may take several hours. In such cases, we know that many would prefer to work, watch movie, read a book, have a phone call, or relax, and maybe take power?
"In this case, the failure of the running line will be difficult to justify. In any case, I rarely experienced driving or driving as inspiring, laughing.
"I think the transition will go well when you get used to thinking. It's like listening to a radio for watching TV," explains Kerssemakers.
But in the long run, Volvo thinks this will take a long time. They see this as a potential competitor for short-haul air transport. Sleep when you get into the car and get refreshed while on the go.
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The fact that now it is more common to book a car through a network without going for a dealer, is likely to do something about the structure of the seller in the future. Also, the fact that electric cars have much less maintenance required than fossil vehicles,
Around these things, it's not surprising, Kerssemakers was thinking something.
"It is true that electric cars have a much smaller maintenance requirement than fossil vehicles, but for the gradual introduction of electric cars, time will be needed. In recent years we have sold record cars and in the future we will continue to sell fossil cars. cars among those with the longest lifespan, there will hardly be a lot of things around the structure of dealers, in any case six to seven future years, he believes.
"We also see that not all are mature enough to book car and online services, and many still want to see and wear it before buying, but I think we are in the breakdown phase and that new patterns of trade and new services will appear. when we started the second generation XC90, we had a great success on the web, a few years ago. These experiences are important. We will continue with us to continue development and market adaptation.
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"The next interesting thing is Care City Volvo. In short, we offer you a complete car package, a subscription that includes the entire car team from financing, maintenance and change to another car, if necessary, etc. Simply hold the car from A to Z.
"This is also exciting and something that we have a lot of faith in the future. This is still in the phase of testing and error for us, so it is useful to bring a user experience for the further development of this concept.
"One thing is certain: Owning and using a car in the future will not be the way it was until now, Volvo ends" the future man "
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This case was first published in Broom.no