Life used to be far less complex. We did less and, when we were doing something, we tended to focus on one task – working or driving, for instance. But, in the future, we will be living life on the move.
We will tackle a multitude of tasks at once – easily, safely and effortlessly. It will all be thanks to an array of tech that is set to transform the way we live, work and travel.
Autonomous cars key to life on the move
Pivotal to our new existence will be autonomous cars – which will be electric, of course. Because they will be doing all the driving (and thinking too), we will be able to focus on other things – working, sleeping or socialising, for instance.
But those electric autonomous cars will be only one of the tools of our “living life on the move” trade. Even before we leave home and jump into the car, our lives will be transformed by tech.
There won’t be any need to restock our fridges (our fridges will order everything itself, thank you very much). And forget about an appointment with the dentist for a check-up – your toothbrush will send data straight to your dentist while you’re polishing your pearly whites.
How ‘AR’ tech will transform our work lives
Once you do leave home in your autonomous car, you will be able to make the most of the travel time – because you won’t need to focus on the driving at all. Fancy a nap? That’s perfectly OK. Drinks with friends? No problem; you won’t be driving after all. What about a couple of hours of work? Go for it.
Thanks to augmented reality (AR), you will even be able to add a holographic overlay of yourself to a telepresence robot, which can join a meeting at head office. That robot – essentially a computer or tablet – will place you in the meeting.
People interacting with the robot will see you. And you will be able to interact with others in the meeting, constantly seeing and hearing what they’re up to.
Connected cars that can do pretty much everything
Various car companies are already working on autonomous vehicles that will make this travel scenario possible.
Volvo, for instance, has developed the 360c, a totally connected car that can do pretty much anything. These types of cars will come with several mood settings and configurations depending on your requirements – anything and everything from a restaurant-like table to an office suite or bedroom.
You specify the mood setting and configuration when you order the car. Then you sit back and party with your friends or enjoy a good night’s sleep on an overnight drive. Like all other Volvos, it is likely to be incredibly safe – meaning you can socialise, work or sleep, and feel completely relaxed.