Most people, these days, live in automobile cities. Cars are essential for getting around; they mediate the experience of the city; they occupy huge amounts of real estate; they make a lot of noise and they clutter up the streets. Yet architects and urban designers mostly take them as given, and are content to design streets and public spaces around whatever the world’s few remaining automobile manufacturers happen to provide. Here Dr. Mitchell Joachim tries to challenge and reverse this well-worn assumption.
London-based research and design company SolarLab is developing a solar-powered rickshaw.
GINA – The BMW Group Design philosophy. Challenging established concepts, hazarding visions
Successful design arouses desire. In order to achieve this, it is more crucial than ever before that car manufacturers create the conditions that allow customers to establish a close relationship with their cars. Therefore, designers seek ways to promote and intensify people’s identification with their car that reach beyond pure aesthetics. In the premium segment in particular, customers demand cars that stir emotions and allow them to express their individuality. BMW Group Design has set another deepened objective for designing new cars that moves today’s consumers and their demand for enhanced utility and more versatility to the top of their agenda. An innovative concept introduced by BMW Group Design prepares the ground for this new approach: the GINA (Geometry and Functions In “N” Adaptions) principle grants more freedom for car design. It allows the creation of products with a design and functional range that express individuality and meet the wide variety of requirements of those who are using them.
Eco-friendly concept car powered by electric axle motors.
One thing we don’t often see in concept cars is the focus on driver and passenger safety. However, designer Manuel Schneider and his team has designed a car that incorporates features such as anti-collision and collision-avoidance systems that promise that in the future drivers will be feel much safer than today.
The new concept vehicle called ‘Ozone’ seems to revolutionize the way we commute. The vehicle works on hydrogen powered fuel cells and looks futuristic in every way possible. Also the thought and the concept seems to be fine, however the structure might make you feel uncomfortable in your seats. The body is encased between two giant wheels controlled by separate motors which are powered by fuel cells, though this two seater looks more like a design picked straight out of fantasy due to its semi transparent glass casing and controlled by joystick. The huge glass doors slide 360 degree into the symmetric metal body. It sure is one whacky futuristic concept.