Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Future of RVing: Self-driving RVs getting closer

You’ve heard about self-driving cars, right? Tesla, Google and Uber have all jumped on the bandwagon and have put millions into funding for cars that have computers as the driver behind the wheel. (Will we even need steering wheels? I hope, for the sake of us just feeling a little bit better about the whole thing, that we do.)

What people aren’t talking about is other types of self-driving vehicles: RVs, delivery trucks, all those trendy home-built vans (#vanlife), fire trucks, etc. For the sake of our interests here, let’s talk about self-driving RVs. Specifically, let’s gossip about how cool-looking Hymer’s new design is for their self-driving RV.

Watch the video below (click the image to play) of Hymer’s new design, the Concept Galileo. This toaster-oven-on-wheels is imagined as the “glamper” of the year 2030, a mere 10ish years ahead.

The Galileo plugs into a chassis, which contains a motor and a battery pack (longer trips can include a larger battery pack for a longer drive). The battery pack can also power onboard electronics. Nothing like watching TV, charging your tablet, playing a video game, and making coffee while you wind through Craters of the Moon National Park, huh?

The passenger cabin can be swapped out with a few different designs to fit your lifestyle, from a two-person luxury loft to a family-friendly style complete with bunk beds.

One more neat thing: The “driver” (aka super fancy computer that’s driving your RV), can route itself to nearby charging stations, charge itself, then continue on your route. You don’t even have to lift a finger. Except you will be lifting all your fingers in the back to do all the things you could never do while driving that good ol’ 2019 RV of yours.

As of now, the Galileo is just a vision, but it does give us a good idea as to what RVing will look like just a few years down the road. Would you like to own an RV that drives itself? Tell us below.


Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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V Panetta (@guest_60290)
3 years ago

Yes,…lots of changes coming sooner than most realize. The last Internal Combustion Engines are expected to be sold in 2024. By 2021 more than a dozen pickup trucks will be available,…and some interesting American made ones,…like the Rivian (400 miles), Lordstown Endurance, Atlis XT (500+ miles), Ford F150, GMC, Bollinger, NeuronEV, and Tesla. All these models say they have a 1 million mile expectancy. This has put a hold on my purchasing an OverLander to explore Canada and Alaska.

It’s predicted that by 2027 you’ll have to pay to get rid of your ICE vehicle,…and by 2028 finding a petro station will be getting rare.

Yes,…I’ve been eyeing a new Ford 550 with camper ,…but no way now, after seeing youtubes of the pickups mentioned above,…and there are electric semis already on the road. The one’s build by Tesla are awesome.

Kids who are 3rd and 4th grade today will likely never get to drive a car. The world is about to change fast. Of course,…if American goes Green Socialist,…the RV market will crash,…because everyone will have to be same,…and the tens of trillions needed for Social Healthcare will force most into cities.

chris p hemstead (@guest_56456)
4 years ago

Can’t wait for this technology. Human drivers kill thousands of each other, and I’m sick of being tailgated.

rick louderbough (@guest_56476)
4 years ago

self driving cars kill too. I”m a 5.5 year uber driver and the maps alone are not able to do the job. I won’t be replaced for many years.

Darrel (@guest_56397)
4 years ago

Self driving vehicles have a long way to go to be safe and reliable. Hopefully by the time my wife and I are too old to safely drive ourselves they will be safe enough.

Captn John (@guest_56372)
4 years ago

Id not call that an RV as I see nothing recreational about traveling in a closet. Might be OK for a solo overnight but sure would feel tight fast. Everybody is different but if that is all the space provided count me FAR out.

Joni Weed (@guest_56365)
4 years ago

My mother lost her driver’s license a year ago. It is still killing her, even with many other options available. I look at my husband and myself, 70 and 76 years young. We are loving being rving “long timers.” I can see the time coming when we will not be able to handle the large 5th wheel we currently RV in. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that when the time comes we can still pick up and go in the comfort of our own RV without the DL needed? Sit back and watch the world go by while we travel it?! YES!

Tommy Molnar (@guest_56363)
4 years ago

The ‘tour’ inside this thing does not match the outside dimensions. I’m reminded of Pogo Possums cartoon house that was just a hollow tree on the outside, but a multi-room estate on the inside.

Judy G (@guest_56300)
4 years ago

Actually this is just one more reason that I’m glad I gave up my RV and traveling. Guess I’ll also have to give up driving….

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