In London's Royal College of Art, several gifted and imaginative vehicle design students have been busily toying with ideas that could reflect an area of future driverless transportation. The many designs that have been discussed lately, offer a futuristic insight into the many possibilities that could become reality.

The race is on to design and produce the next generation of automated cars and light commercial vehicles that will one day meet the demand of all businesses and motorists. So this is why the bright minds, the vehicle design students have been coming up with a string off terrific ideas based on the increasingly tighter schedules of more commuters.

The answer? Vehicles that are being designed to accommodate drivers and passengers whilst they rest...allowing for motorists the ability to sleep in comfort as the undertake their journey.

So, why are designers considering this option?

Well, as more people depend further on an automated way of life, an opening has been created, where better utilisation of time management. If motorists can sleep throughout their journeys, they can dedicate more time to other activities, resting in comfort whilst travelling to and from their destination!

There are many manufacturers that have already incorporated (or are designing) safety features that can detect and deter you from falling asleep at the wheel, Mercedes being one key developer who together with electronics giant LG bring their resources and experience together, such as their Advanced Driving Assistance System, to create a self driving car that will monitor everything, from your eye movements and alertness to a host of external factors.

It all sounds very high tech and in the most parts it is, however with the advancements being made in autonomous motoring by the likes of Google and other developers, we are closer than we think.