Global workplace provider Regus believes that a new self-driving car concept will transform the car into a fully connected office and meeting space.
"Car journeys will become a time for professionals to do business; driving will no longer be dead-time away from work or home," said a Regus spokesperson.
Keeping this in view, Regus has partnered with Rinspeed on the development of the concept car, the XchangE, which will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
According to a statement by the office space company, the concept backs Regus's own drive to help people work on the road, and links to the growing network of Regus Express locations on Europe's motorway network. Its 'third place' (not the office, not home) work options could include the car, as well as other transport hubs.
Mobile work space
The innovative design of the XchangE allows the two front seats to swivel backwards, creating a mobile work and meeting space for four people. The car's advanced technology and infotainment systems allow passengers to connect to their office, work productively, or make a presentation using a laptop.
"Autonomous cars no longer require drivers to watch the road, so there's an opportunity to make more meaningful use of their time," said Frank M. Rinderknecht, founder and CEO of Rinspeed. "Regus's expertise in helping people work more productively and flexibly makes it the ideal partner for developing this new concept."