Taxi Hauling

Future mass transportation has to change if we’re to cope with the number of motorized vehicles doubling to 1.3 billion by 2020. Cars are getting smaller, trains and buses are getting bigger and faster but what about the taxi? They’re the “other” modes of public transport in mega cities like Tokyo.

The Taxi Tokyo concept takes theories set forth by Ford Motors about how mass city transport is to work in the near future. Imagine a taxi consisting of a drive unit and separate passenger unit. The passenger units sit at predetermined check points. People get in and set their destination, swipe their card, and wait for the timely drive units to dock and take them on their way. The computer interface even accounts for multiple passengers and destinations. Ultimately the first passenger is the one to decide who he/she lets in.

Designer: Eva Marit Toftum

19 Comments

  • Umm each module occupies ALOT more space than 1/2/3 humans standing at your average taxi stand. I sorry I fail to see the advantage. Its a beautiful rendering though.

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  • MadCow says:

    doesn’t that defeat the purpose of the taxi? if we are sitting there waiting for a “module” to come pick us up, isn’t that just like a bus? or am i missing something here?

  • Keith says:

    Even if the thought process behind this made much sense, there are far less complex solutions to coupling a “drive unit”, tractor, to a “passenger unit”, trailer.

  • SL says:

    It’s very pretty, but seems to have a large practical flaw – why would the first passenger let anyone else in? If I were catching a cab and was late (or just generally actually), there would be a slim chance I would willing to then go around picking up other people…

  • Sean says:

    awesome – your just invented a really crap bus shelter.

  • john Q says:

    a lot of people misunderstand that something better isn’t necessarily something completely different. As witnessed by history, change is usually small and very rarely does it happen radically. Instead of introducing maybe someone should put some real thought into improving the existing systems instead. am i right or what

  • Ismail Cimen says:

    Yeah, but what you all dont know is that the designer is a very pretty girl from Norway! :)

  • Vadim says:

    This would be a great family car. For commute, use the 3 wheeler, and for family trips, take the van.

    • M.S.W. says:

      I would concur with this statement. This design would better be applied to multipurpose family vehicle/business vehicle. Example being for family as Vadim stated. For business vehicle like drop off work/storage/waste management pods for work sites.

  • Cromagnum says:

    I get it.

    The front vehicle tows the rear vehicle to the destination.

    Disconnects, front vehicle now in a horizontal position.

    Driver goes to sleep

    Brilliant…. no more need for beds, hotels, or houses.

  • ryan says:

    looks awesome, this is definitely what the car industry needs.

  • Mike says:

    Nice concept. Did you take into account the position of the driver? The seat position in cab mode, seems to be like a recumbent bicycle. When switched into tractor mode, you would be in a mostly standing position for hours.

  • Mike says:

    Nice concept. Did you take into account the position of the driver? The seat position in cab mode, seems to be like a recumbent bicycle. When switched into tractor mode, you would be in a mostly standing position for hours.

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