In looking at technology and innovative designs this week, I ran across an interesting, futuristic design of the automobile. Your first question is more than likely: How does a vehicle relate to interior design? Well, the designers of this car envision it becoming a moving habitat that you live and work in. Developed by Mike and Maaike, the vehicle is called ATNMBL (Autonomous Autombile).
Instead of focusing on speed, this design aims to increase user exploration, save time, and improve the quality of life. Because the vehicle doesn’t require a driver, users would be able to enjoy normal home/office-based activities while be transported such as web surfing, videocalls, and sleeping. From the interior views, we can see how the space looks similar to a living room, with ample seating, a small coffee table, a centralized media center with a mini-bar underneath, and floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides. It almost looks like a miniature version of an upscale RV.
Here’s a list of more ATNMBL features from the article:
• fully electric powered plus solar assist
• driverless navigation via GPS, Lidar, radar, accelerometers
• wrap-around seating for 7
• voice recognition and remote for real-time control/ input
• large display for info, searches, browsing, communication
• open-source software with downloadable apps for carpool and car-share through social networking, pre-loaded trips, city tours, virtual drivers, etc.
• live trip info on mini display
• electric door, standing height entryway
• all-wheel drive with motors in each wheel
• very few mechanical parts (drive by wire)
One aspect that was not mentioned was cost. We may be able to assume that centralized media centers and voice recognition set up will be less complicated to install in mobile environments (thus, decreasing cost) but we really don’t know. Another thing I wasn’t quite sold on when looking at this design was the lack of privacy with the large windows- many not be ideal for sleeping or other private activities. Do you think this type of design actually has a chance of being produced for the future (2040)? And if so, will it replace stationary homes for people who are always “on the go”?
You can view more pictures and info here: http://www.core77.com/blog/featured_items/the_end_of_driving_mike_and_maaike_introduce_the_autonomobile_13908.asp*All images from article link.