Recognizing that self-driving cars aren’t even really that cool anymore, Ford is starting to apply the next level to autonomous vehicles.
A patent filed by a group of Ford employees recently outlines plans for a driverless car that can reconfigure its seats to create a sort of living room on wheels. The socially conducive setting offers that cool feeling you get in the back of a limo as you face your homies – even if you’re just taking a family trip to the grocery store.
The lounge layout is also ideal for business meetings or to play a game of Risk on a long road trip. If you feel like putting your feet up, the seats are also able to form an ottoman, all of which can be done while the car’s in motion.
Whether or not we’ll see this concept on the road in the near future is another question. “We submit patents on innovative ideas as a normal course of business,” a Ford representative told Business Insider. “Patent submissions help protect our new ideas but do not necessarily indicate future business or product plans.”
Though with Audi, BMW, Volvo, and Google all ahead in the race to bring self-driving cars to the market, this may be Ford’s breakthrough to make a splash on the scene.