Introducing The Snoozeliner: The Bus You Want to Travel the Country In
Luxury commuting from the groundby Kirby Garlitos, on
Long-distance public commutes can be tricky, especially if you’re just off of a long day at work. You sit down, close your eyes, and before you know it, you’re dozing off, completely unaware of your surroundings. One stop turns to two, two turns to five, and when you wake up, you’re over ten stops past your own. This happens to a lot of commuters, which makes the idea of the Snoozeliner more appealing.
The goal is to have these buses in operation on eight routes across four UK cities — London, Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham — by August 2018.
To the uninitiated, the Snoozeliner is the creation of Simba, a UK-based bed company that should not, under any circumstances, be confused with the lion cub and his Hakuna Matata-loving friends, Timon and Pumba. Simba (again, the bed company) has and idea to build a bus that has 14 sleeping pods in it to help carry tired and weary passengers and give them actual beds to sleep in their long commutes. The company’s even working with the UK-based Andersson-Wood architectural firm to help bring its vision to life. The goal is to have these buses in operation on eight routes across four UK cities — London, Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham — by August 2018.
As ambitious as the timetable is, the idea is cool enough to get my attention. Should you decide to board the Snoozeliner, you will be welcomed by a ‘vertical forest’ of air-purifying plants. You will then be asked which stop you intend to disembark. Once that’s done, onboard attendants will lead you to your pods where you can enjoy a number of creature comforts, including a plush memory foam mattress from Simba, a pillow, a duvet, unlimited mineral water, and options to buy a host of other drinks on the menu, as well as "individual revitalizer kits, one of which is called liver-cleansing Milk Thistle. I don’t know what that is, and I have no plans of finding out. Each pod will also come with USB chargers, WiFi access, and a storage system for your shoes and valuables.
Simba has yet to specify how much a trip on the Snoozeliner is going to cost, but it did estimate a starting price of £8.50.
Attendants will notify you once you’re near your stop so you can disembark, presumably refreshed from your trip to dreamland. Simba has yet to specify how much a trip on the Snoozeliner is going to cost, but it did estimate a starting price of £8.50. That’s around $11.50 in our money.
If the idea still sounds like a pipe dream, let Simba CEO James Cox convince you that it isn’t. “We’re always looking at how we can use our technology to redefine an existing experience,” he said. “The Simba Snoozeliner service is all about helping people top up some valuable lost sleep time in a design that’s every bit as comfortable as their bed at home.”
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