BMW R90R - A Classic Revived

BMW R90R – A Classic Revived

I have often felt that most of the present day motorcycles are over designed. The designers’ attempts at aggressive form language usually results in the rides ending up with a liberal dose of visual clutter and makes me crave to see the honest and clean design style of café racers back on the road. And exactly for this reason, transportation designer Kévin Biolluz’s reinterpretation of the iconic cafe racer BMW R90S on its 40th birthday is interesting.

0 Designer: Kévin Biolluz

Split and Go

Split and Go

I’m in the market for a new car and am facing this very dilemma! I want something smaller and more efficient for zipping around the city than my slow, gas-guzzling SUV. But I can’t live without the extra space when I need it! If only I could have both…. The Split&Go concept was born of this very idea! It’s a conventional van that splits to turn into a two-seater small car for urban use. Perfect for everything from road trips to running errands!

0 Designer: Kenan Haliloglu

The Power of Cross X

The Power of Cross X

The Cross X is a low-cost hybrid bicycle designed for the rapidly urbanizing countries. It hopes to be that mode of transport, which is cost-effective, traffic beating and personal. Its potential in two contexts – medical emergencies and large campuses; I’m thinking campuses like Apple or Google, perhaps!

0 Designer: Mithun Darji

The T Ride with iPhone

The T Ride with iPhone

Daily commute with the T-Scooter looks to be a dream. The reason why I say this is that it hooks up a smartphone and updates the rider on the road conditions ahead. Basically it is an electric moped that gives you an intelligent driving experience. The smartphone fits into a handlebar socket and the pre-installed application establishes a data connection with the wireless camera at the rear of the saddle. In essence you get a superior riding experience.

0 Designer: Chen Kaiwen for Tone Design

Awesomely Autonomous

Awesomely Autonomous

A top 10 finalist in the 2014 Michelin Challenge Design, the Twinway is an exploration in vehicle autonomy & a perfect example of how this new tech allows vehicles to become an extension of the users lifestyle while retaining the experience of driving pleasure. In autonomous mode, passengers can talk face-to-face, play games, surf the web, or simply enjoy the scenery from the comfort of the cabin. An amalgamation of safety features including LiDAR ground topology radar & 360 degree object detection lets users rest at ease & enjoy the ride.

0 Designer: Marko Lukovic

Lambo Logic

Lambo Logic

The Lamborghini design language seems to get wilder and wilder with each new release which is why it’s no surprise they attract party animals more often than businessmen (i.e. Justin Bieber). Some of us, however, are purists when it comes to the brand and think back fondly to the subtler days of the Diablo and Countach. For us, the Querderro is a reminder of why we started liking the Golden Bull to begin with.

0 Designer: Jan Bujnak

Car-igami!

Car-igami!

Designers Ludovico Campana & Seunghun Jeong’s submission for the 2014 Michelin Challenge Design competition tackles the issues of spacial consciousness and multi-functionality with a transformable design, inside and out. To save valuable space, the carriage folds flat and turns vertically, making it easy to park and store. But what about the interior? Automatic inflating seats that are completely configureable to the user’s requirements. See another hidden feature —>

0 Designers: Ludovico Campana & Seunghun Jeong

Split Up Truck

Split Up Truck

GelenK is an exploration in transformable trucks for both long-distance and urban transport. The vehicle features a “split driving mode” where the trailers are not towed, but turned into individual autonomous vehicles. The system makes it easier to navigate crowded urban areas and move through small streets and narrow corners.

0 Designer: Takbeom Heogh

Drive... or don't!

Drive… or don’t!

A winner of the 2014 Driven/Undriven Michelin Design Challenge, the AKA24 concept goes beyond the brief to design a vehicle that switches between user-control & autonomy; it reimagines the entire transportation system as we know it. Operating on a maglev-like system of tracks, the vehicle moves to the protected side walls vertically in “undriven” mode & back to the center lane for the user-controlled “driven” mode. Set your destination & kick back in the multi-position cabin or take the wheel to navigate your own way!

0 Designers: Chuang Dong, Zhen Qiu, Haowen Deng

A Cabbie-less Cab

A Cabbie-less Cab

Self-driving cars are now a reality with companies like Google finding success in their driverless programs. We often associate the idea with how it affects us and our personal vehicles, but the question remains as to what it means for public transportation. The BOT concept is one glimpse into how autonomous mass transit of the future might look… and it’s freakin’ adorable! Check out the vid to see why it took home 1st place in the 2014 Michelin Design Challenge!

0 Designer: Chris Luchowiec

EV for Equality

EV for Equality

For years, cars have been retrofit with systems that allow disabled individuals to drive, but never before has an entire car been adapted from the ground up for those with mobile disabilities. The first of its kind, the EQUAL concept extends the compact car experience to disabled individuals in an easy-to-use, stylish vehicle that blurs the lines between what is and isn’t possible. Check out the inspirational video after the jump!

0 Designer: Absolute Design

Best of Transportation Design in 2013

Best of Transportation Design in 2013

It’s that time of the year when we sit back, relax and reflect on the year gone by. 2014 is fast approaching and here is a quick recap of the Ten Most Amazing Designs in the field of Transportation. Interesting to note that cars didn’t quite make the cut, instead bikes, alternate modes and bicycles made a splash. Free market is such a fun space; you never know how people will react and what catches their fancy! Stay tuned for more creative insights tomorrow.

0 Designers: Various

Cycling With illume

Cycling With illume

The illume is a bicycle that combines a simple bike design with advanced technology. To overcome the problems of riding at night, the design merges the indicator, brake and headlights into the frame in a way that it affords a safer ride. A lithium-ion battery and an actuator that transforms kinetic energy to electrical energy power the lighting system that is integrated into the frame.

0 Designer: Nikhil Kapoor