No more domestic flights when autonomous cars arrive, says an Audi strategist image

You will not need to travel by plane or to sleep in a hotel on a short business trip anymore within 20 years, according to a senior strategist at Audi.

Many scenarios are being made around the inevitable arriving of self-driving cars. The “drivers” will not be driving, as cars will be able to communicate with each other for the flowing of traffic, there will be no more accidents, and finally you will not even need to own a car. People have been also used their imagination for futuristic technologies related scenarios, but the reality has always been a little different and at a slower pace as well. Same story goes to Sven Schuwirth, vice president of brand strategy and digital business at Audi, claiming autonomous cars could disrupt the airline and hotel industries within 20 years as people sleep in their vehicles on the road.

According to him, business travelers will not take domestic flights to meetings and will sleep and work in their cars instead of booking a city-centre hotel. “In the future, you will not need a business hotel or a domestic flight,” Schuwirth told Dezeen Magazine. “We can disrupt the entire business of domestic flights. I think that vision is probably 20 years from now,” he added.

Schuwirth believes cars will be transformed into homes on wheels with its interiors changing between driving mode and sleeping mode. Hotels would change in response, with drivers using their facilities but returning to their cars to sleep. “Today’s cars are shaped to be only an emotional piece and to be very comfortable and safe,” he added. “So in an autonomous world, if cars do not have accidents any more, the cars must not have all that glass, a lot of metal, a lot of bumpers and all that stuff. It could be a bit more transparent.”

Via Dezeen Magazine