By Siobhan Reid
November 18, 2017
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Credit: Deutsche Bahn AG

Germany has long been ahead of the curve when it comes to groundbreaking feats of engineering, and the country’s latest design concept — a futuristic-looking train from the state-owned railway company, Deutsche Bahn — is no exception.

Unveiled in Nuremburg last week, “Ideenzug,” which translates to “Idea Train,” is set to revolutionize train travel (especially morning commutes) with its modern seating, tech-forward amenities (think: TV’s and gaming consoles), and work areas with kitchenettes.

Credit: Deutsche Bahn AG
Credit: Deutsche Bahn AG
Credit: Deutsche Bahn AG

Other noteworthy offerings include built-in tablet stands, noise-canceling chairs, swivel seats, a “play paradise” for kids, and — perhaps the coolest feature of them all — a fitness studio with exercise equipment and virtual trainers (so you’ll really have no excuse to skip that a.m. workout). The concept reminds us of Airbus' idea for a spinning class in a plane.

Designed to compete with the impending reality of self-driving cars, the Idea Train has been in the works for years.

Credit: Deutsche Bahn AG
Credit: Deutsche Bahn AG

And while it’s still in the development phase, we’re confident that good old German engineering will have those wheels turning in no time.