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A San Francisco-based startup aims to kill sleeplessness aboard its otherwise arduous eight plus hour drives

Sleeping on a bed while in the skies is a luxury often reserved for first-class passengers, with on-road snoozing accommodations an even further reality for most folks. Now, a new concept bus dubbed ‘Cabin’ is preparing to hit the road with an original double-decker design outfitted with up to 24 sleeping pods, a lounge space, restrooms, and Wi-Fi. Each bedding arrangement is further decorated with fluffy pillows, resort-style mattresses, comforters, outlets, 36-inch overhead clearances, reading lights, AC vents, personal windows, socks, ear plugs, curtains for privacy, and melatonin-infused ‘Dream Water,’ all of which are said to resemble the sleeping nooks aboard a long-haul Virgin Australia flight.

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Somewhere between a dorm-room and a first-class plane cabin, Cabin’s co-founder and CEO Tom Currier describes the experience as a ‘moving hotel,’ since “buses have such a negative brand perception.” In fact, Currier asserts that “this is the polar opposite of a bus.”

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Anything but a cheap Megabus alternative for traveling upwards of 400 miles between major cities, the San Francisco-based startup aims to kill sleeplessness aboard its otherwise arduous eight plus hour drives. You can even choose to continue sleeping for an extra two hours after you’ve arrived at your destination if you’re in dire need of a few more Z’s.

Previously known as SleepBus, the rebrand came shortly after its three days of test drives up and down California sold out quickly and established the startup as a full-fledged hospitality & transportation hybrid company. Shuttling over 20,000 individuals within that time at $45 USD apiece, Cabin has since upped their price to $115 USD after concluding its beta release and securing over $3million USD in seed funding to expand the business.

Based on the success of its SF-LA trips in the coming weeks, Currier hopes to forge new routes on the east coast between NYC-Boston, Boston-Washington D.C., and NYC-D.C. in the coming months. In the mean time, the well-rested CEO is enjoying hosting his slumber party on wheels, and after gauging the interest of passengers in the lounge area, he’s alluded to a Harry Potter-themed Night Bus ride in the works.

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Sleeping on a bed while in the skies is a luxury often reserved for first-class passengers, with on-road snoozing accommodations an even further reality for most folks. Now, a new concept bus dubbed ‘Cabin’ is preparing to hit the road with an original double-decker design outfitted with up to 24 sleeping pods, a lounge space, restrooms, and Wi-Fi. Each bedding arrangement is further decorated with fluffy pillows, resort-style mattresses, comforters, outlets, 36-inch overhead clearances, reading lights, AC vents, personal windows, socks, ear plugs, curtains for privacy, and melatonin-infused ‘Dream Water,’ all of which are said to resemble the sleeping nooks aboard a long-haul Virgin Australia flight.