Lines of Light on Wheels of Speed

Devour if you will this escape from urbanization, the XSCAPE is from a time and place unknown to us as of yet, a concept car for 2030. Daily commuting is what this lady is for, flexible and narrow for the condensed spaces of the future. Flexible materials are mixed with solids for a safe ride and trip – this car can also extend horizontally to accommodate more than one rider.

The extension mechanism is integrated into the chassis and the pillar which runs along the roof all the way along until the rear. At the back, a concertina of extended lights and a cluster-like hatch that opens to provide flexible luggage space as well. Each wheel is light and highly fuel efficient, a light stripe runs along each to show the width. Sensors and cameras are installed along the wheels to be viewed from within the car.

Inside you’ll find minimal interface between the occupants and the vehicle. Each mechanism is hidden under spandex-like materials allowing for max movement and flexibility while remaining simple aesthetically as possible. Controls appear and disappear just as easily. Each of the following are retractable so that the driver might enter/exit the vehicle: pedals, dashboard, and steering wheel.

The model you’ll see in the first image is milled out of a high-density yellow foam on a 3 axis CNC machine. The DLO is made of a sheet of 2mm Perspex on a vacuum forming machine, and small parts were made using a rapid prototyping machine. Fantastic!

Animation for the Presentation Video: Direction, audio editing, animation, rendering and video editing by Ivan Ladović.

Designer: Shengjie Wang

8 Comments

  • Travis New says:

    I'm guessing this must be mainly for the taxi drivers of the future. I say that because I would find it not only annoying to talk to a person I'm not facing or can see for that matter but also very very rude. A very anti-social vehicle which seems to have taken form over humanity. I would like to think and hope that Earths future in 2030 is one of more social(friendly) and less sterile. No warmth emanates from a vehicle that takes away from human interaction.

    It's a shame the video didn't show how people would communicate. Also you talk of a lot of tech which doesn't exist yet(duh I know it's concept) but if we already have cars that can drive Miles unassisted would it not be logical to assume that we won't need to drive in the future and will only be driven by either semi-sentient-AI or a Virtual-Intelligence(VI) to further my "idea" to bring people closer by removing mindless task such as driving.

    Be more human in thought & design as in the end that is all we really are, Human.

  • Travis New says:

    I'm guessing this must be mainly for the taxi drivers of the future. I say that because I would find it not only annoying to talk to a person I'm not facing or can see for that matter but also very very rude. A very anti-social vehicle which seems to have taken form over humanity. I would like to think and hope that Earths future in 2030 is one of more social(friendly) and less sterile. No warmth emanates from a vehicle that takes away from human interaction.

    It's a shame the video didn't show how people would communicate. Also you talk of a lot of tech which doesn't exist yet(duh I know it's concept) but if we already have cars that can drive Miles unassisted would it not be logical to assume that we won't need to drive in the future and will only be driven by either semi-sentient-AI or a Virtual-Intelligence(VI) to further my “idea” to bring people closer by removing mindless task such as driving.

    Be more human in thought & design as in the end that is all we really are, Human.

  • Tyler Lemon says:

    I only have one main question.. I like the concept and everything, but how do you get in? I don't see doors and the sides of the vehicle resemble walls to me. Are you just supposed to climb over?

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