WE VIR­TU­ALLY TRY THE 360c

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You can’t be driven by a Volvo 360c on the roads yet, but an in­te­rior mock-up fit­ted with vir­tual re­al­ity gog­gles and elec­tri­cally ad­just­ing seats al­lows the 360c to be ex­pe­ri­enced in 360deg.

Our jour­ney starts in a hous­ing es­tate, be­fore the cabin is filled with laven­der smells and pic­tures of the plant pro­jected on the wi­d­ows. The idea is to cre­ate a sense of calm as the 360c sets off into busy traf­fic.

You can watch a screen and have a cap­puc­cino from an on-board cof­fee maker while work­ing. We then see the 360c trans­form into a party car with cham­pagne bar.

Even bet­ter is to ex­pe­ri­ence the cabin con­fig­ured for a oneper­son busi­ness-class road ‘flight’. Your din­ner is stowed in a drawer to your side and, when sleep­ing, a safety blan­ket teth­ers to the cabin to keep you safe. The seat folds flat and the Milky Way, com­plete with North­ern Lights, is pro­jected onto the ceil­ing.

It’s a semi-real ex­pe­ri­ence that leaves you want­ing more – al­though fully au­ton­o­mous cars are still sev­eral years away.

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