You’d expect this round-up to be populated with self-driving cars and flying manned drones, but 2018’s list of top car designs still has a good amount of diversity. You’ve got bicycles without chains, Tesla-built helicopters, wheels with changeable treads, tractors from the future, and so much more. Transportation design is so incredibly diverse, and this list is a testament to that!
With companies now showcasing a wide variety of self-driving concepts, our prediction for 2019 is to see more car interiors, because the interior gets more importance in a self-driving car. We’re also bound to see a lot of advancements in eVTOLs, as companies like Uber are now trying to take on the skies. Whatever the future may hold, it’s sure going to be an interesting ride!
CeramicSpeed’s new drivetrain removes the ubiquitous chain that’s synonymous with two-wheelers for a drivetrain that’s mess-free, low on friction, and amazing looking. A rotating shaft replaces the need for a greasy chain, and it works spectacularly well, say the people at CeramicSpeed, reducing friction by as much as 49%.
The Pocket Rocket is clean, compact, and well thought through. The thick tubular column on the top becomes a perfect surface to sit on, once you’ve got a saddle in place, and right at both ends, you’ve got the headlight and taillight.
Created by a worldwide team of nearly 2000 designers, developers, and engineers, the Karlmann King SUV is based on the Ford F-550 chassis and packs a 6.8-Liter V10 gasoline engine.
Built in a time where Tesla’s batteries will be able to power large manned airborne vehicles, the Tesla Helicopter carries the company’s DNA, both physically and spiritually.
This tractor’s unique symmetrical structure enables instantaneous switching between moving directions. Additionally, each of its “limbs” can extend or contract to accommodate varying needs and spatial requirements.
Streamlined and aerodynamic from front to end, the Ethec Electric Motorcycle’s body transitions wonderfully from headlamp to the tail, rarely breaking form anywhere in the middle.
The guys at Thrustcycle believe that flying bikes aren’t particularly far away. In fact, they’re all set to build their own, which comprises two propellers for vertical lift-off, and two gyroscopes for stability.
Technically classified as a trike (a contraction of the word tricycle), the Nobe 100 electric trike looks retro and feels futuristic.
A simple zipping mechanism allows you to add a secondary, tougher tread on your tires, letting you go from riding on smooth asphalt to traversing through tough terrain.
The Hoverboard 2.0 can switch between being a regular hoverboard and a Segway, thanks to its telescopic handle system that occupies an incredibly small footprint when folded down.
Almost feeling like a palace on wheels, the EZ-ultimo is a magnificent melange of black and gold, and uses glass, mosaics, concentric patterns, and interiors that are more reminiscent of a luxury hotel than a luxury car… showing what one would consider to be clear architectural inspiration cues.
The Honda MODULAR concept explores how urban dwellers of all ages might travel in the year 2030. The transforming design consists of a single-passenger cockpit and two wheels fit with a gyroscopic system for balancing.
Is it a bike? A trike? A scooter? The TF1 is actually all three!
The ESCIS unicycle harkens back to a bygone automotive era. The vintage look is achieved by a glossy monocoque shell, pinstripe tires, and chrome detailing throughout.
This is Stator, the self-balancing, fully electric, an absolute monster of a machine that you never knew you wanted, until now!
Not only does this bike lock secure your ride when you’re not using it, it also serves as a stand to keep it upright and provides illumination while you’re riding.
What’s not to love, with its highly overstated Lamborghini flavor, and the very fact that it’s Lamborghini’s first-ever electric vehicle, ditching the V12 for a silent hyperdynamic electric system.
The propeller is pretty much the most important part of the drone, but it’s also the most vulnerable. To overcome this, some drones come with propeller guards but RCA student Marcus Kung may have the most creative solution yet. Ditch the propellers altogether.
This absolutely exhaustive collection of headlights and taillights from the Geneva Motor Show 2018 paints a pretty accurate picture of how we’ve moved on from traditional lighting to designs that are much more expressive and state-of-the-art… because that’s what cars are moving towards.