Category: Future Transportation


2+ Ultimate City Vehicle has been designed for future megacity. This electric vehicle boasts compact size, spacious interior, super flexible and of course stylish body design. The unique innovative inwheel-motors system allows the wheels to turn 90-degrees in order 2+ to move sideaways. Pretty handy feature to parallel park your car isn’t it?

Niels Grubak Iversen and Marcus Hannibal, two Danish automotive designers who live in Denmark, explain that although 2+ Ultimate City Vehicle looks small, the inside interior is pretty spacious. It’s been designed to carry 2 people with luggage or 4 without, thus the name 2+.

Designer: Niels Grubak Iversen, Marcus Hannibal
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A50 open catamaran is a design concept from Finland industrial designer, Janne Leppänen, as part of his graduation work. The main idea was to design a catamaran which is able to accommodate three to four people and be as environmentally friendly as possible.

This concept features 50-feet long open catamaran where the letter A in the name was inspired by this designer previous concept, Arkki. It utilizes Esthec composite deck as it fits perfect for this type of boat, the other materials and technology have been carefully implemented to meet environmentally conscious consumers’ demands. Unlike Arkki, this boat has been specifically designed for day cruising or longer trip, that’s why it features larger open space. The two cabins can be used to accommodate up to four passengers.

With A50 open catamaran, you have the ability to customize its properties such as deciding how the deck, sun bathing area or the cabins are constructed. In fact, you can even decide how the boat would look like, you’ll get the freedom to choose from many variations offered the composite deck company.

Designer: Janne Leppänen
Source: TUVIE.com

Alex Marzo has envisioned our future long-haul transportation with Volvo Ants, an aero neumatic transport systems. Through extensive research in biomimicry, this industrial designer has come up with transportation system inspired by ants. It implements ants behavior as a cohesive system as you know their ability to communicate with each other, distribute food, and all responsibilities in their community is intriguing. The overall concept starting from its models, systems, processes and elements take inspiration from ants in order to solve our problems.

Volvo Ants implement idea to lease micro-containers to multiple companies, in this way they can ensure that they are always filled to capacity. Their container union is flexible, therefore allowing better articulation in navigation and avoid jack knife accidents

Designer: Alex Marzo
Source: TUVIE.com

Lockheed Martin is a respected name in the field of Aeronautics, electronics, information and space systems. The company has recently made yet another breakthrough airship and has named it HALE-D. The word HALE-D is an acronym and stands for high altitude long endurance demonstrator. The blimp is actually a big robot airship and is designed to operate at the altitude of 60,000 feet. The airship is powered by a series of photovoltaic cells.

The blimp works by floating up above the jet stream and then with the help of its motors it anchors itself at one place, offering a view of over 600 miles, and then helps in providing warnings about short and long range missiles, surveillance and target redemption, communications, environmental monitoring and everything else which a satellite is expected to do.

For the ultra-rich, available hobbies are as limitless as their bank accounts. Designer Timon Sager envisions the future elite class shedding their riding boots and leaving the exotic car garaged for something even more exhilarating: a purely recreational private jet. The AvA 02 Serafim has a fighter jet aesthetic with a more customized look. Shown here in red, it’s a natural choice for adrenaline junkies.

In the cockpit: two tandem seats, flight controls including a liquid crystal display embedded into the glass, throttle/joystick combination, rear seat display, and bucket seats.

SeaSTOL VLJ stands for Sea Short Take Off and Landing Very Light Jet. If you don’t get the idea of very light jet, you might understand if the term used were “personal jet”. Based on Paul Bertorelli from AvWeb the term of very light jet is not used in aviation industry anymore, the more popular term is personal jet. This future vehicle was born out of the intention to develop practical transportation design.

VLJs are small jet aircraft for about 5-8 people that are small enough to utilize small airports. In other words, in the future, it is very possible to take taxi flights from one point to another without compromise and saving a lot of your time. Eclipse is one of most well known VLJ companies, at some point they were looking at 5000 orders and increasing. There are about 20 new models coming between 2010 and 2014 that mainly focus on American market. However, not a single VLJ is a seaplane.

 

Designer: Tomas Brodreskift
Source: TUVIE.com

Based on the form of the Bar Tailed Godwit, a bird that holds the record for the longest none-stop flight, the swift and efficient Lockheed Stratoliner is designed to fly anywhere on the globe without refueling. Oversized wings generate large amounts of lift and permit flight at higher altitudes while four Cryogenic Hydrogen Turbofan engines power flight with zero emissions and can operate in a low-power state similar to that of fighter jets, saving a substantial amount of fuel.

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Who doesn’t like to fly in style! Designer Eric Strebel has come up with Albus Tell, which was designed for the contest named Terra Prix 2085 race around the world. The name, Albus Tell has a hidden meaning behind it and was chosen purposely. It comes from two words, Alps (white in Latin) and Tell from William Tell who was a legendary folk hero.

The airship measures 550m long and has been wedged with four hemispherical electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) thrust turbines. The design will come caked with a solar skin, which will make good use of organic polymer nano-tube technology. This will rev up the overall efficiency of the photovoltaic, which can be intertwined with the fibrous skin. It will give birth to an exterior that will be weather-proof, airtight and suitable for extreme temperatures up to – 40 degree Celsius. The Albus Tell is actually a revamped version of the original Swiss Military airship that served the purpose of carrying troops across the Alps. Tell team gave it an overhaul especially for the race and it will serve as the core support aircraft.

 

The awe-inspiring airship will be used as an aerial pit stop and home base by the team. This will store services like maintenance, telecommunications, eating/sleeping quarters and fuel in it. Crew and the garage/hanger are a part of the Gondola area. The main race truck, Gigernaut HAR1 is also stored here. Ace transport heavy lift vehicle is used to place the ship from the ground to the ship and vice versa.

 

Arcadia 85 super yacht is offering charter holidays in the Mediterranean, during the summer of 2011. The super yacht named “Solar” is the second 26-meter yacht built with solar panels to reduce the carbon footprint and its effects on the environment without compromising on luxury features. The yacht having the power supply from the sun has the lowest fuel emission of any yacht in its class.

The Arcadia 85 built by yacht maker Edmiston & Company measures a total of 85ft in length, with a room to accommodate eight people. It boasts a deck of 60 square meters, which makes it a very voluminous yacht of this size. The spacious saloon in the top deck is the entertainment area and sitting place. It comes with four cabins that have all necessary audio visuals. The huge saloon has ceiling to floor windows that provides super insulation.

The solar panels placed on the rooftops produces clean form of energy to recharge the service batteries that powers all the services on the yacht including refrigeration, lighting and pumping. Apart from powering the functionalities, the solar panel makes a perfect holiday by removing the noise of generators and carbon emissions. The boat reaches a top speed of 18 knots propelled by a fuel that is organic in nature. The top speed reached in total silence comes from a Hybrid Propulsion system with an electric motorization. While running at an economical speed of 9 knots the diesel engines uses only 30 liters per hour, which is the lowest emission of any yacht in its class.

Apart from the ecofriendly engine, it also incorporates water discharge treatment to reduce the pollution. The yacht is equipped with a PWC, snorkeling gear, two towable tubes, and sea bobs that provide an adventurous water sports. It has an onboard treatment plant that treats all biological cleaning, organic waste and beauty products, hence reducing the ecological impact. The chef uses organic ingredients and toiletry products for the delicious cuisines. The superbly designed yacht maximizes the owner’s relaxation with minimum effects on the marine ecosystem. The perfect yacht for weekend cruising will be available in the west in July and August.

NASA MoonStream

The NASA Moonstream concept is a design proposal for a future moon exploration vehicle. The NASA sponsored project called for a conceptual lunar rover for the year 2020. The Moonstream was created by Anthony Sims, an Art Center College of Design student.

The exterior design of the Moonstream was heavily inspired by nature, from the protective shell of a tortoise, aquatic form of the humpback whale and stance of the giraffe. The suspension and wheels are fully adjustable for height, camber and track. The wheels even have a unique ‘walking’ capability at slow speeds (similar to an insect).