Cabin recently announced it had secured $3.3 million in seed financing because of its sleeper-car buses. (Ill describe that concept in a moment.) The funding was directed by Founders Funds FF Angel, with participation from half a dozen other investors. This new round of funding will enable Cabin to enlarge its overnight transportation solutions regionally and nationwide.
Now, about that moving hotel idea. A full-length travel bus was outfitted with sleeping berths lining a narrow walkway, like trains used to have. Theres a small communal lounge area for societal insomniacs, Wi-Fi for solitary insomniacs and earplugs and nighttime tea for all. There are attendants on hand and a bathroom on board, and every rider can bring two pieces of luggage at no cost.
Right now, theres only one route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Riders are picked up at 11:00 p.m. at a central location, along with the bus arrives in another city by 7:00 a.m. so that you may make whatever meeting you’ve lined up. The purchase price for an overnight trip is $115. One-way flights between these two cities are often less than $100, but having Cabin, youre paying for a bed as well as the privilege of never having to fight over the armrest.
Cabin joins companies like Tesloop in creating shared long-distance street travel experiences which are intended to be nicer than, if not as fast as, airline travel. People seem to be curious; Cabins 2016 pilot project was known as SleepBus, and it sold out all of its tickets within three days. The wait list was 20,000 potential customers deep. Thats more than the estimated 15,000 people, according to Cabin, who fly between Los Angeles and San Francisco daily.