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Continental's Ambienc3 concept packs future cabin tech in a hippie shell

This unassuming Volkswagen Type 2 bus packs a lot of next-level interior tech, including heated surfaces and novel lighting.

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Chris Paukert
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Continental's Ambienc3 is a future-tech showcase wrapped inside a classic VW bus. It debuted at this week's IAA Munich Motor Show.

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The loungelike cabin features applications of new surface technologies, including sustainable fabrics and discretely mounted lighting and heating elements printed onto the backsides of upholstery.

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The VW's friendly looks help make this high technology feel more approachable.

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Continental will shortly commercialize its surface-warming tech that could bring heated floors, ceilings and other panels to automobile interiors.

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This quick-heating tech is said to require dramatically less energy than normal forced-air systems. This added efficiency could be of particularly big benefit for EVs.

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This particular T2 Bus was sourced in Texas. 

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