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

Mouthwatering Maserati

Mouthwatering Maserati

Maserati is the quintessential Italian sports tourer legend, so trying to perfect what many believe is perfection seems like a daunting task. But that’s precisely what Alexander Imnadze seems to have done with his stab at the trident brand: the Bora. It’s forward thinking for today’s Maserati, but a realistic, if not recommended, step in the right direction for their future design language. We’re only getting a taste of the exterior here, but we already like it more than the GranTurismo!

0 Designer: Alexander Imnadze

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

While most vehicles operate on 2 or more wheels, the Infinitlar concept vehicle IS a wheel! The autonomous, hydrogen powered vehicle is an extraordinary vision of future personal transportation we could be using 30 years from now. It aims to provide users in densely populated urban areas the creature comforts of home while they travel. It’s more like a gyroscopically stabilized “room on wheels” that delivers you from point A to point B so you can focus on other things like work or relaxing!

0 Designer: Jex Chau

Love This Solar Bike!

Love This Solar Bike!

Ele is a solar bicycle with solar panels on its wheels that rotate 30 degrees on both sides, to face toward sun. This is to absorb as much sun-power that it can. This hybrid bike can be charged via electricity and the sun. It works in 3 modes though, muscle power, Semi- electric: electricity helps the user to ride easier and faster. Lastly, The Electric: here it functions completely like an electrical bicycle.

0 Designer: Mojtaba Raeisi

The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water

As hydrogen is aggressively explored as a fuel for passenger vehicles, the need to create customer acceptance is equally as important as maximizing fuel cell performance. The Renault Moister concept vehicle focuses on both aspects with its unique form that takes inspiration from the very element that powers it! Water’s fluid quality is reflected in its hull, giving it natural aerodynamics and appeal.

0 Designer: Yang Min-seok

The Joy of Biking

The Joy of Biking

Flexi-Bike poses a challenge to design thinkers and engineers, but in a very good and creative way. Sporting an informative LED display, the bike is quite whimsical in its style and approach. I am not sure how feasible this design is, but for sure it is thought provoking and bound to bring about a healthy debate. So what are you waiting for… bring it on….let me know your thoughts; yay or nay?

0 Designer: Hoon Yoon

Heart of a Car, Soul of a Motorcycle

Heart of a Car, Soul of a Motorcycle

Developed with guidance from the Audi Design Concept Studio and KISKA design, the Audi Nexus concept is a purpose-driven and efficient vehicle designed exclusively for the urban landscape. Its slim silhouette combines the advantages of both two and four-wheeled vehicles. It leans into curves for the thrill of riding a motorcycle, but its frame provides the security, safety and stability of a car. No wider than a scooter, it zips through the city and nimbly navigates traffic.

0 Designer: Marco Wilhelm

Sport-semi of the Future

Sport-semi of the Future

The Turan’s ultra-futuristic aesthetic is matched with state-of-the-art technology to form an entirely new breed of industrial truck we’re dubbing the “sport-semi.” The exterior biomimics the exoskeleton of shelled animals to provide enhanced aerodynamics and structural stability. Inside, the driver finds themselves in a Pacific Rim-style pod with head-up-display, eye detection system, and custom calibrated controls that maximize safety and usability.

0 Designer: Ehsan Parandin

Retro-Futuristic Rover

Retro-Futuristic Rover

The Mercedes-Benz Capsule concept attempts to balance classic and futuristic styles in an otherworldly, all-electric rover built for the road. The cockpit’s shape takes inspiration from old school fighter prop-planes, but perched high on its chassis, it feels more similar to a Mars-rover than a car. For enhanced agility on the road, power is delivered independently to each in-wheel motor. Loves it in Mercedes-silver!

0 Designer: Jason Chen

Triple the Awesome

Triple the Awesome

From the creators of the nCycle comes the nThree – the latest challenge in efficient, affordable urban mobility. The single-seater trike’s shape takes influence from the toucan bird, applying the same structural qualities to achieve a lightweight, yet incredibly strong outer shell. This lightness, in combination with electric power delivered to the rear wheel, make it able to zip around town like a motorcycle but with the comfort of a car.

0 Designers: Hussain Almossawi & Marin Myftiu