A new self driving car concept looks to bring you a fully connected office and meeting space, essentially doing away with the notion that driving time is dead-time away from work or home. Flexible workspace provider Regus has partnered with Rinspeed on the development of the concept car, XchangE, which will be on display at Geneva Motor Show in March.
XchangE concept backs Regus’s own drive and links to the growing network of Regus Express locations on Europe’s motorway network. Its ‘third place’ work options could include the car, and other transport hubs. XchangE design permits both front seats to swivel backwards to create a mobile work and meeting space for 4 people. And yes you’re looking at a Tesla S.
The self driving car offers professionals added flexibility of working schedules. Regus research polled 20,000 people globally, and 75% of business people say flexible working boosts productivity.
Regus’ Express strategy has already brought walk-in business facilities and workspaces to the road and motorway network, and other transport hubs. This includes railway stations, motorway service stations, and a pilot project with Shell, to petrol stations in Berlin.
Andre Sharpe, Global Product and Business Development Director at Regus, commented: “Regus has long been committed to developing the Future of Work. Now this innovative car will change wasted time into productive time.
“People already work on the road, thanks to Regus. Now, with the XchangE, Regus’s third place network could encompass the car itself as well as the roadside. A consultant or sales rep could fit in 7-8 hours of productive work each day, using a driverless vehicle, Regus hubs on motorways, and our network of business centres. It’s another illustration of Regus’s commitment to leading the workplace revolution.”
Frank M. Rinderknecht, founder and CEO of Rinspeed Inc, adds: “Autonomous cars no longer require drivers to watch the road, so there’s an opportunity to make more meaningful use of their time. Regus’s expertise in helping people work more productively and flexibly makes it the ideal partner for developing this new concept.”