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Trends in future mobility

What is the deciding factor when it comes to a car? Roominess? Speed? Design? Fuel consumption? Each of the following models focuses on a different element. Their designs are all reminiscent of something straight from the world of science fiction. But the designers are dreaming of much more: of self-driving cars with a bamboo chassis or cars that simply adapt to each individual driver.

MINI Vision Next 100: universal, urban, and unique

Concepts are just one of those things: while they often look terrific, they are ultimately forced into a standardised format. For their project MINI Vision Next 100, the BMW subsidiary deviated from this approach. The MINI Vision Next 100 model is noticeably more round in its design, but is still a Cooper at heart. The message is clear: “I am the universal car for the urban landscape of the future.” “ 

The pedals and steering wheel can be set to a left, centred or right position. In this way, the manufacturer offers a new degree of customisation and thereby ensures that the new model can be driven in any country – no matter which sides of the road traffic drives on. The Vision Next 100 communicates with the user both inside and outside the vehicle via projection modules. Furthermore, the car saves user profiles which are automatically loaded when entering the vehicle. Another highlight is the transparent front. It is intended to maximise the driving experience. The concept was developed as part of the BMW Group’s “The Next 100 Years” project – also known as #Next100 on social media platforms.

MINI Vision Next 100 model: universally usable

Source: The Auto Channel / YouTube

Phoenix: are cars that grow on trees the trend of the future?

And then, there were only three: The Phoenix Concept Car does not have more tyres. But that isn’t the only remarkable feature of the design by Albrecht Birkner and Kenneth Cobonpue. The sustainability concept underpinning this three-wheeled vehicle is what really makes it impressive. The engine, driver and interior are all encased in a nylon fibre and steel composite, while the casing is made of bamboo and rattan elements.  

The concept was developed during the course of ten days by Mr Birkner and his team in 2011. It is based on the idea of sustainability: renewable resources can satisfy the growing need for materials to accommodate the increasing number of drivers. Moreover, this implies a move away from industrially manufactured cars. Whether bamboo cars will be the future or are simply just a nice idea, is yet to be seen.

Phoenix: a car made from bamboo

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Seat Mergo: future mobility from Spain

“What will traffic look like in the year 2035?” asked the Spanish car manufacturer Seat, inspiring students of the European Institute for Design (IED) in Barcelona to develop some excellent concepts and designs. Christoph Sokol based his idea on densely populated cities. A slim design has enough room, even on busy roads.  

Instead of tyres, the Seat Mergo moves on two big spheres. The model looks like a futuristic motorbike, similar to the bikes in the film “Tron: Legacy”. Nevertheless, the interior should offer enough room for the driver and passenger and provide customisation options. Is this what the vehicle of the future looks like?

Seat Mergo: futuristic design  

Source: YouTube / IED Barcelona

O’Wheel 2: the unicycle as a future trend

Do you remember the movie “Jurassic World”? One of the attractions on offer to visitors was a ride in a Gyrosphere – a motorised ball seating two passengers. Rashid Tagarov from Pforzheim had a very similar idea. His design comes in two variants: a one-seater and a two-seater. “ 

While the one-seater is clearly a unicycle, the two-seater resembles the aforementioned Gyrosphere – even if it actually consisted of two big wheels with a connection element in between. Both variants of the O’Wheel 2 would be able to turn 180° from a standing position. Because of this, it seems to be particularly suitable for the future urban jungle.

Impressions of the O’Wheel 2

Which design convinces you the most? We look forward to receiving your comments.

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