Imagine hopping on the train each morning, fitting your workout in while you travel, and then watching the latest news on a big-screen TV. Then, imagine jumping in the carriage on the way home, grabbing a beer on board and blissing out in a noise-cancelling armchair.
They're some of the ideas included in Germany's new 'train of the future', a concept that's being explored by state-owned railway company Deutsche Bahn. Their Ideas Train also features a dedicated gaming zone filled with consoles, documentary and live sports screenings, a vending machine dispensing baked goods, brews on tap, a coffee cube serving up speciality sips, and digital fitness coaches to keep your exercise as on track as the train. Dedicated spaces for families and groups travelling together, dine-and-work benches with integrated tablet shelves, laptop pods and a kids' play area ensure every type of commuter is catered for.