Volkswagen built a Star Trek captain’s chair that goes 12mph

Volkswagen built a Star Trek captain’s chair that goes 12mph

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More amenities than most cars, with 360-degree collision avoidance sensors, party lights, a guided backup cam, heated seat, touchscreen display, USB charger, and tow hitch.

Image: Volkswagen

Are you proud of your office chair? Does it complete your gaming battlestation perhaps? Prepare to be filled with seething jealousy when you see what Volkswagen Norway has created.

As a marketing exercise, the automaker claims to have built an office chair that not only looks worthy of a Star Trek captain but also can drive around the office on its own five wheels — at speeds of up to 20 kilometers per hour (roughly 12mph), blisteringly fast for a seat, much less one with several swiveling wheels.

The company says it can travel a distance of 12 kilometers (roughly 7.5 miles) on its swappable battery.

Volkswagen’s driving office chair even has a tow hitch.

Volkswagen’s driving office chair even has a tow hitch.

Volkswagen’s driving office chair even has a tow hitch.
GIF by Sean Hollister / The Verge

That’s not all: it’s got more amenities than my last car, with 360-degree collision avoidance sensors, a backup camera with full guidance, a heated embroidered seat, party lights, a touchscreen display, a USB charger, and a tow hitch. LED headlights, a seatbelt, and a horn come standard. There’s even a “trunk” (a pocket, anyhow) with 0.17 cubic feet of space for documents and / or a laptop.

A closer look at some of the glorious physical controls. The other armrest has a touchscreen.

A closer look at some of the glorious physical controls. The other armrest has a touchscreen.

A closer look at some of the glorious physical controls. The other armrest has a touchscreen.
Screenshot by Sean Hollister/The Verge

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video on how it was created, including some footage of the final product. It looks like it started as a humble hoverboard bolted to an office chair and grew into something dreamy from there.

Assuming all of this is real, of course. Volkswagen has a recent history of lying to people. This time, the company seems to be fairly transparent that it’s a one-off marketing stunt, while also suggesting that “it will be available for test drives at various locations.” Hopefully that means citizens of Norway will soon be able to prove its capabilities.

Or, they could just send one to The Verge for a few days we’d be quite happy to take it for a spin.

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