Self-driving workplaces that commute to you
Global design consultancy IDEO has developed a series of concept vehicles that imagine how autonomous vehicles could transform the way we work, shop and travel. As part of its Future of Automobility project, IDEO produced three concepts exploring the potential of driverless vehicles, including on-demand delivery services and workplaces that commute to employees.
One of the oncepts rethinks commuting by presenting an inverse scenario where working spaces travel to employees. “WOW [Work on Wheels] pods might occupy a location between two offices, splitting travel times for both teams,” said the designers. “Or it could be parked by a site-specific project, like a building under construction.”
The interlocking cube-like offices on wheels could also present options for employers looking to provide “greater access to daylight and natural ventilation, as well as views and green space”. Each pod would be reconfigurable via a booking service to meet a company’s specific needs, while autonomous support vehicles could provide on-demand services when and where required.