Regus recently offered a sneak peek at an autonomous concept car. Wait for it… one where the two fronts seats swivel backwards to create a meeting space for four people. Yes, you read right! In addition to the swiveling chairs, the car’s infotainment system will let workers connect to their office and create presentations.

In partnership with Rinspeed, a creative studio focusing on the automotive industry, Regus unveiled the XchangE, which will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Regus operates close to 2,000 business centers globally and envisions a world in which people are sitting in a self-driving office and being productive.

“Right now, many of us suffer through long, traffic-plagued commutes to and from work, the airport, or client meetings,” says Sande Golgart, West regional vice president at Regus, “If the XchangE helps people get their work completed or their deal struck while they’re traveling from one place to another, then that’s less work they have to take home with them.”

It’s important to note that radical ideas for concept cars get dreamed up all the time, but it’s actually very rare that they go into production. In the one does enter mass production, the outcome is often much different, with designs altered for reasons of safety, practicality, and regulation.The hands-free nature of autonomous cars opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to new experiences inside a vehicle.

So it looks like if all goes according to plan, traffic jams will become a lot more productive.

Source: Alice Truong | THE OFFICE OF THE FUTURE IS A SELF-DRIVING CAR | February 2014 | Fast Company

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