Germany unveils futuristic train with a GYM to rival self-driving cars

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  • The ultra-futuristic ‘Ideenzug’ or ‘Idea Train’ was presented by the state-owned railway firm Deutsche Bahn
  • Double-decker train include chairs that swivel to face either direction, television screens and ‘privacy pods’
  • Travellers can also look forward to a fitness studio complete with exercise bikes and a digital fitness coach

Julian Robinson for MailOnline

German engineers have unveiled an ultra-futuristic train with noise cancelling chairs, tablet stands, games consoles and even a gym as a rival to self-driving cars. 

The ‘Ideenzug’ or ‘Idea Train’ was presented by railway firm Deutsche Bahn at an exhibition in the city of Nuremberg as part of moves to revolutionise morning commutes.

Features on board the double-decker train include chairs that swivel to face either direction, television screens and pods set aside for ‘power napping’.

Rail firms hope the design will rival self-driving cars, which are expected to be popular among those who want to take their mind off their daily commute.

German engineers have unveiled an ultra-futuristic, double-decker train with noise, cancelling chairs, tablet stands, games consoles and even a gym as a rival to self-driving cars

German engineers have unveiled an ultra-futuristic, double-decker train with noise, cancelling chairs, tablet stands, games consoles and even a gym as a rival to self-driving cars

German engineers have unveiled an ultra-futuristic, double-decker train with noise, cancelling chairs, tablet stands, games consoles and even a gym as a rival to self-driving cars

Features on board the double-decker train include chairs that swivel to face either direction, television screens and pods set aside for 'power napping' (pictured)

Features on board the double-decker train include chairs that swivel to face either direction, television screens and pods set aside for 'power napping' (pictured)

Features on board the double-decker train include chairs that swivel to face either direction, television screens and pods set aside for ‘power napping’ (pictured)

Keeping fit: The concept train comes with a fitness studio fitted out with exercise bikes and a digital fitness coach

Keeping fit: The concept train comes with a fitness studio fitted out with exercise bikes and a digital fitness coach

Keeping fit: The concept train comes with a fitness studio fitted out with exercise bikes and a digital fitness coach

The futuristic design includes pods where commuters can watch television of play on games consoles (pictured)

The futuristic design includes pods where commuters can watch television of play on games consoles (pictured)

The futuristic design includes pods where commuters can watch television of play on games consoles (pictured)

Jörg Sandvoß, head of Deutsche Bahn Regio, told Süddeutsche Zeitung that car makers want to create ‘rolling living rooms’ and train companies need to come up with even better options. 

The concept train comes with a fitness studio fitted out with exercise bikes and a digital fitness coach.

Business travellers can also look forward to special noise-dampening chairs as well as stands for their tablets so they can work during their commute.

The concept was first discussed two years ago during a drive to come up with future travel solutions.

The 'Ideenzug' or 'Idea Train' was presented by railway firm Deutsche Bahn at an exhibition in the city of Nuremberg as part of moves to revolutionise morning commutes

The 'Ideenzug' or 'Idea Train' was presented by railway firm Deutsche Bahn at an exhibition in the city of Nuremberg as part of moves to revolutionise morning commutes

The ‘Ideenzug’ or ‘Idea Train’ was presented by railway firm Deutsche Bahn at an exhibition in the city of Nuremberg as part of moves to revolutionise morning commutes

Futuristic: The concept was first discussed two years ago during a drive to come up with future travel solutions

Futuristic: The concept was first discussed two years ago during a drive to come up with future travel solutions

Futuristic: The concept was first discussed two years ago during a drive to come up with future travel solutions

Rail firms hope the design will rival self-driving cars, which are expected to be popular among those who want to concentrate on other things during their daily commute

Rail firms hope the design will rival self-driving cars, which are expected to be popular among those who want to concentrate on other things during their daily commute

Rail firms hope the design will rival self-driving cars, which are expected to be popular among those who want to concentrate on other things during their daily commute

Business travellers can also look forward to special noise-dampening chairs as well as stands for their tablets so they can work during their commute

Business travellers can also look forward to special noise-dampening chairs as well as stands for their tablets so they can work during their commute

Business travellers can also look forward to special noise-dampening chairs as well as stands for their tablets so they can work during their commute

It comes just weeks after Deutsche Bahn unveiled its first-ever driverless bus, saying the shuttle will bring passengers through a picturesque spa town to the train station.

The test route for the self-driving machine is in Bad Birnbach, set in the rolling hills of the southeastern state Bavaria not far from the Czech and Austrian borders.

Made by French startup EasyMile, the 12-person bus will offer free rides on an eight-minute route linking the baths, the town centre and the station, Deutsche Bahn (DB) said in a statement.

‘We’ve just driven autonomously into a new era of transport,’ DB boss Richard Lutz, who rode along on the first trip, said in a statement.

Jörg Sandvoß, head of Deutsche Bahn Regio, told Süddeutsche Zeitung that car makers want to create 'rolling living rooms' and train companies need to come up with even better options

Jörg Sandvoß, head of Deutsche Bahn Regio, told Süddeutsche Zeitung that car makers want to create 'rolling living rooms' and train companies need to come up with even better options

Jörg Sandvoß, head of Deutsche Bahn Regio, told Süddeutsche Zeitung that car makers want to create ‘rolling living rooms’ and train companies need to come up with even better options

The interior of the double-decker train has been kitted out with televisions, games consoles and even a fitness studio

The interior of the double-decker train has been kitted out with televisions, games consoles and even a fitness studio

The interior of the double-decker train has been kitted out with televisions, games consoles and even a fitness studio

Designers hope commuters will be able to take their minds off work by using the fitness studio built into the train

Designers hope commuters will be able to take their minds off work by using the fitness studio built into the train

Designers hope commuters will be able to take their minds off work by using the fitness studio built into the train

The rail operator has launched a subsidiary dubbed Ioki to test future modes of transport, focusing especially on electric-powered mobility

The rail operator has launched a subsidiary dubbed Ioki to test future modes of transport, focusing especially on electric-powered mobility

The rail operator has launched a subsidiary dubbed Ioki to test future modes of transport, focusing especially on electric-powered mobility

Officials examine the interior of the concept train, which was unveiled at an exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany last week

Officials examine the interior of the concept train, which was unveiled at an exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany last week

Officials examine the interior of the concept train, which was unveiled at an exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany last week

The rail operator has launched a subsidiary dubbed Ioki to test future modes of transport, focusing especially on electric-powered mobility.

From 2018, the new buses will operate on test routes in several German towns, including the country’s second-largest city Hamburg.

DB hopes that in the future they will operate like a private car service, picking up passengers from home on demand and bringing them to the station – picking up others with the same destination along the way.

Across the Americas, Asia and Europe, a number of cities – including Paris, Lyon, Las Vegas and Dubai – are already experimenting on a small scale with autonomous vehicles complementing public transport systems.