Commuting gets an upgrade and don’t forget your gym towel.
The “Idea Train” is pulling into the station and with it comes workout stations, a children’s lounge, and relaxation compartments.
Deutsche Bahn, a German rail system, recently revealed its concept train of the future. It includes many amenities because the company anticipates future trains will be competing with self-driving cars. The appeal of the train as a place to read and work will be eliminated when riders can do the same thing in an autonomous car.
So the train company has to step up its game. As Deutsche Bahn said on its site about the train (translated by Google), “Train travel must be more fun again and become an experience!”
This has prompted the the train company to develop a roughly 90-foot-long double-decker model to show what this future train travel could look like — although right now it’s just a concept and not chugging through the Bavarian countryside yet.
Take a look, even if you don’t understand German you’ll understand what each section of the train is for:
Below is a gallery of photos showing stationary bikes to work out on your commute, private rooms, rotating chairs to look out panoramic windows, a snack car, and a kids’ play area. Entertainment consoles let riders play games, huge screens are perfect for watching that big soccer match.
This is not your ordinary train.
Wie stellt Ihr Euch den Regionalverkehr von morgen vor? Unser Ideenzug soll die Antwort geben! Wir haben gemeinsam mit Kunden für das 1:1-Modell eines Doppelstockwagens Ideen für eine neue Innenraumgestaltung entwickelt, um zu zeigen, wie die Zukunft aussehen kann. (Fotos: Uwe Miethe) #deutschebahn #db #bahn #nürnberg #zukunftbahn #igersbahn #railstagram #ideenzug #regio #dbregio
The train has not left the station yet — the railway company wants feedback on its design. Then its all aboard the train of the future. Don’t forget your gym towel.