Analysis: Autonomous Vehicles Could Alter Work Schedules

Aug. 22, 2018
Autonomous vehicles could eventually allow riders to work from their vehicle while it's in transit, a fact that's inspiring OEMs to consider new interior designs.

Aug. 22, 2018—As autonomous vehicle technology slowly begins to take hold in the auto industry, analysts have begun to speculate as to how self-driving cars will affect consumers’ productivity. And, according to a recent Forbes article, AVs could create a unique option, allowing riders to work from within their vehicle while it’s in transit.

Analysts are predicting that, in the not-so-distant future, Level 5 autonomous vehicles will free up hundreds of hours per passenger per year. That reclaimed time could provide additional productivity that could have a significant impact on economic activity.  

Some analysts are theorizing that the increased efficiency and connectivity offered by autonomous vehicles will foster a “post-urban” society where a large percentage of the population will live in suburbs or exurbs. That begs a question, however: in the age of automation, will people be required to work while in transit?

In order to enable this type of transformative impact, AVs will need to be designed in a manner that lends itself to efficiency. And some automakers, like Audi and BMW, have already begun imagining what the interior of self-driving cars will need to feature to provide for maximum productivity.

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