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The VW OnePod envisions an electric self-driving future in which we will all travel in boxes.

The automotive future is all-electric, self-driving, and brilliant. It will be modular, convenient, and highly efficient, but it appears to be boxy and bland.

Leaders in the industry are working toward Level 5 autonomy, but it will be years before we see self-driving cars on the road. Meanwhile, there's no harm in imagining what the not-too-distant future might look like.

Concept cars are an excellent way to accomplish this. Most major automakers have already made their proposals, and the common theme appears to be that, without the driver, the car will become a proper lounge on wheels.

There will be more space inside the cabin due to the electric drivetrain and the removal of all driving controls and equipment. To further maximize this space, the car of the future becomes a box on wheels – a cute, slightly futuristic-looking box, but a box nonetheless. A pod, as carmakers prefer to refer to it.

Volkswagen is the most recent to jump on board, with its recently unveiled OnePod concept.

Developed for the DRIVE by the Volkswagen Group Future Center Europe in Potsdam. OnePod is a concept study created with the specific goal of demonstrating how the transition to electric and achieving full autonomy will theoretically influence VW vehicles.

The "One" in the name stands for "One Solution for All," as this vehicle would be offered with a customizable layout, making it suitable for anything from public transportation (robotaxi) to private ownership or service fleets. The name "Pod" speaks for itself.

OnePod is a cute box that appears small but has plenty of space inside. The Go.City model, which is part of the "Go.City – The Future of Urban Mobility" program, can seat up to six passengers and includes a foldable bike rack in the back to incorporate a last-mile solution. The doors slide open, making it possible for people with disabilities or those carrying luggage and strollers to gain access.

To that end, the OnePod's sensors detect the height of the curb as it approaches, and the vehicle lowers the floor for step-free entry. In the case of robotaxis, entry will be granted once the pod recognizes the passenger (or passengers) and opens the door.


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