Self-Driving Hotels

ARTICLES | Jun 27, 2022
Self-Driving Hotels

Writer: Nuttawut Kulkaew

Editor: Wittaya Wonglor


Self-driving vehicles are set to enter our daily lives by 2030.


Legal changes and cost savings will open a new market driven by convenience, security, energy saving, and sustainability. Tourists no longer want to stay at chain hotels. Solo travel is taking off in the wake of the pandemic, especially among remote workers. About 76% of female travelers are most interested in solo travel. Portable hotels now include DROP box, Pop-Up Hotel, Flash Camp.


Future hotels might be smaller and let guests travel to destinations with meetings, meals, or leisure giving their time more value.


Aprilli Design Studio of Canada won the Radical Innovation Award 2018 design contest with a mobile hotel rental service concept where users can set their destinations through an app. The designers also plan to build a network of centralized hotspots, such as gyms, spas, and babysitting rooms across 12 km in the United States by 2040.


Other organizations have announced that they are also developing mobile hotels or self-driving cars. Lexus will build a capsule hotel in the form of a self-driving car for tourists who want to be alone. Hotel consultant Gettys Group offers a premium vacation experience with cars that function like hotel rooms. Volvo has released a short film of users sleeping in the 360c, a hotel car equipped with an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS).


Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors (GM), announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January the launch of the OpenSpace project, a mobile hotel that will be sold to individual customers from 2025.



Implications for the future:

- Traveling with activities or living will become commonplace in urban society.

- The car industry or future travel services need to focus on the design and functions of the car, as well as its performance, so user can live as if they were at home, at work, or in a hotel.

- Traffic laws must adjust to future travel styles and technologies, with and without passengers or drivers, and traffic in the sky, on the road, in the water.



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