The OEX by Hamid Reza Bekhradi seems to be the future of the “overland trucks,” currently in use for the touristic overland expeditions. Developed for the year 2020, in collaboration with Fiat Professional design center and IVECO styling office, the concept vehicle largely focuses on improving the visibility of the passengers on board to enhance their experience. Featuring a big porthole with panoramic seats facing the sides of the road and a hatch on the tail that opens toward the rear, together with a lateral extendible balcony with a built-in binocular, the sightseeing vehicle lets the passengers view as well shoot all around without any obstruction. Check out the videos after the jump.
Trucks of the future could be equipped with an on-board digital co-driver to assist the human behind the wheel, or even take over if the driver loses control. The HAVEit project (short for Highly Automated Vehicles for Intelligent Transport) has 28 million euros (USD$40 million) at its disposal and is aiming to develop a virtual co-driver that responds to both traffic conditions and drivers’ needs.
Futuristic transportation concepts often make their subjects sleek and possibly better looking to a wider audience. The Scania Truck concept from designer Adam Palethorpe uses the “better looks” idea on giant cargo haulers, and the truck-cab concept does in fact come off pretty well.
Those heavy, gigantic heavy-duty haulers wouldn’t ever want to go off-road, simply because their weight would get them stuck somewhere or the other, plus navigating a behemoth like that through tough terrains can be very testing. Not so for the Terrain Adventurer long hauler concept from Patrick Clarke, this one would probably enjoy its “off-road” adventure.
Commuters with retractable wheels are common on waters, when the amphibious vehicle hits the ground. A same way to retract the wheels for multifarious purposes could be handy even for a pure commuter like a bus. The Blade Runner does use the retractable wheel technology to hit the roads and the rail tracks at different times.