Self-Driving Mobile Living Rooms: 10 Car Concepts for the Next 50 Years

Rinspeed Oasis with a Built-in Garden

Live plants and flowers certainly cheer up interiors, but have you ever thought about keeping them in your car, too? The Rinspeed Oasis self-driving electric concept car is a highly maneuverable urban vehicle with a small garden integrated just beyond the windshield. Why? The idea is to make the car feel like an extension of home with a ‘living room ambiance’, including real wood floors, cozy lighting and plenty of interactive features, like tech that recommends restaurants based on what your friends have liked on social media.

Ride-Sharing Car Concept by IDEO

Combining the comfort and convenience of commuting in your own car with the lower cost (and fewer traffic headaches) of taking public transit, the IDEO concept focuses on providing shared vehicles for much smaller groups. You can call one of the vehicles to you and use it alone, or enable ride-sharing, picking up other passengers along the way. Each seat can become its own private pod in ‘privacy mode,’ enabling a surrounding seat shell, which is something lots of us have wished for on public buses.

Wild Jruiter Consumer Car

Throwing our current ideas of what a car looks like completely out the window is Jruiter’s ‘Consumer,’ a concept that might just be one of the weirdest vehicles we’ve ever featured. The designers wanted to eliminate as many conventions of car design as possible, hiding the wheels under the bizarre rectangular body and eliminating the top half altogether to provide more of a motorcycle-like experience. Except you’re in a giant rectangle.

3 Luxury Car Brands Reimagined by Rain Prisk

Estonian designer Rain Prisk has created future concept cars for brands like Bentley, McLaren and Porsche, imagining new supercars that can handle conditions that typical Ferraris and other luxury vehicles aren’t quite up to. The Bentley SUV gets snow tracks, La Ferrari gets a raised suspension, off-road wheels and a rooftop camper, and the McLaren P1 goes off the track and onto the trails.