Volkswagen developed an office chair that travels up to 20 km per hour

Volkswagen unveiled a motorized electric office chair integrating several innovative features. The all-electric chair can travel up to 20 kilometres per hour and aims to provide a fun experience to office workers.

This futuristic office chair – which mimics modern electric cars – can be driven around an office, featuring LED headlights, heating, parking sensors, and an infotainment system.

The Norwegian division of the company has built the electric office chair with a surprisingly long list of features to promote its range of commercial vans.

It has yet to be determined if the chair will be mass-produced, but dozens of consumers are already willing to buy it. “Unfortunately, the chair is only available as an exhibition model because we always put customers who need vans in the driver’s seat. But it will be available for test drives at various locations,” the company said.

The chair features LED lighting with a party” function, a horn, a USB charger, a heated seat, and even a trailer hitch. It also has a reversing camera with 360-degree sensors. The touchscreen integrated into the left armrest displays an infotainment system, and a small storage space is big enough to store a laptop and various documents.

Volkswagen developed an office chair that travels up to 20 km per hour

“You can drive, honk and listen to music”

Consequently, the person using this innovative chair can put on their belt, listen to music – as it also has speakers – and move around the office, choosing the speed they want.

“The chair is designed to give those who work in an office a feeling of what it’s like to have a car from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles as your workplace,” said Volkswagen. “You can drive, honk and listen to music – even signal as you take a turn into a meeting room,” the brand added.

“With the headlights, you can brighten even your darkest overtime evening, and if an office party suddenly breaks out, you’ll quickly be the center of attention and create a very, very cool vibe with the chair’s office party lights,” explained Volkswagen. “With office assistance like a rear-view camera and 360-degree sensors, you’re fully aware of all threats and potential disturbances.”

McDonald’s introduced its ultimate chair

However, Volkswagen is one of many companies to launch an alternative office chair enhanced with various gadgets. Recently, McDonald’s introduced a limited edition “ultimate gaming chair” that allows users to enjoy their meals and play games simultaneously. The black-and-yellow “ultimate gaming chair” was designed for multi-tasking since it provides standard features such as neck and lower-back support pillows. It also has two modular armrest extensions developed to hold various McDonald’s menus.
Also, the Swedish furniture brand IKEA partnered with leading hardware brand Republic of Gamers on a furniture collection suitable for PC gaming containing four desks.
“The needs of billions of gamers around the globe are very diverse, whereas the existing offer is rather technical and often perceived as masculine design-wise, despite around 46 percent of gamers being female,” said Ewa Rychert, global business leader of workspace at IKEA.
“We believe there’s a lot to be done to democratize the gaming experience. Now we take the first step on our gaming journey, and we do it by presenting affordable, high-performing gaming products and complete solutions that we hope reflect people’s personality and taste.”

George Mavridis is a freelance journalist and writer based in Greece. His work primarily covers tech, innovation, social media, digital communication, and politics. He graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication. Also, he holds an MA in Media and Communication Studies from the Malmö University of Sweden and an MA in Digital Humanities from the Linnaeus University of Sweden.