London-based research and design company SolarLab is developing a solar-powered rickshaw.
For more than five decades, science fiction has been tormenting us with hallucination of in-the-air roadways and hastily choreographing sports car-like flying cars. A number of businesses have been hunting the reverie for such a long time.
NASA’s PAV (Personal Air Vehicle) Challenge could do a great job to chase the wild dream. To kindle rapid modernism and advancement in PAV performance, NASA has funded $2,000,000 in cash prizes for the PAV flight competition.
Here is a list of some of the flying cars, including some vehicles that have taken a voyage in the air while some are waiting to do the same in the near future.
Jamie Tomkins was challenged to create non-emission vehicle for this high and increasing populated country that meets the needs of urbanites as well as complying with Chinese government policy. After a research trip to China, Jamie developed vehicles based on a future concept of the city – the Beijing Boom Tower which is designed into three tiers or social classes. On the top tier live the wealthiest residents, in the center are the middle-classes, and at the bottom live the working class. A vehicle for each level was designed.
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.
The Advanced Flying Automobile Sokol A400 is a dual mode vehicle capable of operating on the ground at freeway speeds and flying at general aviation aircraft speeds. All components needed to drive and fly are integral parts of the vehicle (permanently attached). Flight components (wing, horizontal & vertical stabilizer, and propeller) are stored inside the body in the automotive configuration and are deployed automatically by pushing a button to convert the vehicle into the aircraft configuration. Telescopic flight components minimize storage requirements. Principles of automated deployments and retraction of all components has been demonstrated by the AFA functionality model (shown below).