Over the decades, automakers have focused on building concept vehicles for different purposes. One of these goals is to preview a new vehicle that will be launched soon, or to show how customers can personalize their journeys. Another goal is to show certain designs or technologies that could accompany future models. Likewise, automakers can create a concept vehicle to share their plans and visions with the world.
General Motors made good use of the concepts to achieve the above objectives. At the most recent SEMA show, Chevrolet showcased several concept vehicles to show how customers can use aftermarket parts to improve the capabilities or appearance of their drives. In early 2021, Cadillac unveiled the Celestiq concept to preview a new flagship electric SUV of the same name.
At CES 2021, Cadillac unveiled a new concept vehicle, but not to preview an upcoming model for the market. Instead, this new concept vehicle represents one of the ways the luxury car brand views the future of mobility. In particular, the new Cadillac InnerSpace Concept Expands Vision of the Future autonomous luxury personal mobility.
Fully autonomous luxury concept for two passengers
The Cadillac InnerSpace Concept is a new concept of electric and autonomous luxury for two passengers that focuses on improving the passenger experience. It is the third member of the Cadillac Halo Concept portfolio after the Cadillac Halo PersonalSpace Concept and the Cadillac Halo SocialSpace Concept, both unveiled a year ago at CES 2021.
Like its siblings, the InnerSpace Concept is a fully autonomous vehicle. This should be equivalent to a level 5 range, as it does not require any attention from the occupants during the trip. Due to this fully autonomous capability, the InnerSpace Concept does not have a steering wheel or pedals. The lack of human intervention means everyone inside becomes passengers who just need to relax while the InnerSpace concept takes them to their destination.
InnerSpace Concept reinvents the luxury experience
Like its conceptual siblings PersonalSpace and SocialSpace, the Cadillac InnerSpace reinvents the luxury experience by allowing anyone to fully enjoy the trip without worrying about how to get to their intended destination (driving). Passengers can enjoy their trip in a lounge-like interior where they could literally sit back and relax, or do other things they find interesting.
Cadillac wants the InnerSpace concept to offer more personal and tailored experiences, thereby adding new dimensions to the luxury brand’s signature luxury experience. To achieve this, the concept includes an AI-driven biometric input and interfaces, accessible via a massive, immersive and panoramic SMD LED display.
The concept also allows passengers to select different themes (engagement in augmented reality, entertainment and recovery of well-being) for their journey. More themes and functions of authorized third parties can be added later over the air, thanks to the Ultifi system.
Thanks to the advantages brought by the Ultium platform, the InnerSpace concept is characterized by a spacious cabin, a wide-profile floor and an extremely low seating position, similar to that of a sports car.
Black exterior with expansive panoramic glass roof and sides
Wrapped in a glossy black finish, the InnerSpace is marked by a large panoramic glass which encompasses not only the roof but also part of the sides of the body, allowing passengers to have a breathtaking view of the outside world. When passengers have to get on or off, the roof opens at the same time as the doors. The seats swivel outwards to make getting in or out more comfortable.
To guarantee passengers the greatest comfort during a journey, the InnerSpace Concept is fitted with special tires developed by Goodyear for electrified vehicles. Made from soybean oil and rice husk silica, these tires feature SoundComfort technology that could help dampen the resonance of sound waves in the rubbers, providing a quiet ride.
Additionally, the InnerSpace concept uses Goodyear SightLine, Goodyear’s tire intelligence technology that could convey important information including pressure, temperature and load.
InnerSpace joins the Cadillac Halo Concept portfolio
The new InnerSpace is the latest member of the Cadillac Halo Concept vehicle portfolio that envisions moving passengers in luxurious surroundings while improving their well-being. The wallet reinvents the way passengers can use their time while traveling, serving as a space of comfort and respite. All Halo Concept vehicles are fully autonomous and come equipped with advanced technologies that help maintain the feeling of arriving in a Cadillac.
All Halo Concept vehicles are designed to let you travel effortlessly through extraordinary means. They visualize the possibilities offered by GM’s holistic approach to autonomous driving technology, aimed at creating a world free of accidents, emissions and traffic congestion.
The PersonalSpace Concept is designed to move a single passenger, not on the road but in the air. Essentially, it is an electric personal vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) concept that could take the passenger from point A to point B without being obstructed by road traffic.
On the other hand, the SocialSpace Concept is a spacious and autonomous vehicle designed to carry up to six passengers. Featuring a square and pod-shaped shape and a glass roof, the SocialSpace concept is equipped with comfortable seats and biometric sensors to allow automatic adjustments of various parameters including ambient noise, light and temperature. .
It’s surprising that Cadillac, a company renowned for its comfortable luxury cars, makes some of the best performing concept cars.
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