Rivian showed up at Overland Expo West with a bivouac capable version of its electric pickup truck. The unique pass through storage space located behind the passenger compartment contains an overlanding kitchen with inductive cook range and sink with an electric pump. All accessories draw upon the 180kw battery. Although this is just a concept for now, it gets one thinking about the future promise of zero emissions overlanding that is just around the bend.
Nice seeing this OZY article entitled “Your Grocery Store and Office May Soon Come to You” featuring IDEO’s Future of Automobility work amongst other future mobile space concepts. Written by Tafline Laylin, the piece explores how future autonomous moving spaces may help cities evolve in a positive ways by providing more equitable access to everything from medical facilities to grocery stores to more easy to access office spaces.
It was great to be able to attend the first micromobility conference recently held in the Bay Area. One talk that stood out was Horace Dediu’s which pointed to the clear opportunities that exist as we move forward with subsequent innovation in the micromobility space. A piece related to his talk can be found here.
While companies continue to do interesting and beautiful vehicle interior concept work, a wide range of new configurations for accommodating vehicle occupants remains to be explored. As we move towards an new era of Automobility driven by autonomous technology, how might we work or socialize in this new era when we no longer have to be as attentive to the demands of driving that we face today. Take a closer look at a few explorations via IDEO’s Future of Automobility point of view series.
It was a pleasure participating again this year as an EyesOn Design judge at the North American International Auto Show. Congratulations to the award winners on their inspirational work.
Best Concept Vehicle - Infiniti QX 3 Inspiration Concept
- Presented by Dassault Systèmes
The judges say: "A new and fresh look that shows extraordinary sophistication and simplicity."
Best Designed Interior - Infiniti QX 3 Inspiration Concept
- Presented by ABC Technologies
The judges say: "True inspiration and functionality."
Innovative Use of Color, Graphics or Materials - Infiniti QX 3 Inspiration Concept
- Presented by Axalta
The judges say: "Embodies a modern take on materials while retaining a clean Japanese sensibility."
Best Production Vehicle - Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500
- Presented by Covestro LLC
The judges say: "The next best tribute to the Mustang ... what the car really represents."
It is such a pleasure to see work from IDEO’s four part exploration of “The Future of Automobility” included within the Cooper Hewitt’s “The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility” Exhibit. On view at the New York’s Cooper Hewitt through March 31st, 2019, the exhibit explores how we might move people, things, spaces and information in the 21st Century and beyond. Innovative concepts, prototypes and simulation work exploring how future forms of mobility and new approaches to urban planning might emerge are featured from leading companies working in the mobility domain.
Today's ride sharing services use vehicles that never designed with this form of mobility in mind. Designing for choice will be a key challenge for those creating vehicles optimized for ride and car sharing services in the years to come. Passengers may choose to work, converse, be entertained or just relax and restore themselves with some private time. All of this is what IDEO has explored in chapter four of its Future of Automobility point of view. Noise canceling or conversation enhancing technologies contained in seat "halos" could help passengers have easier conversations, enjoy media or opt out for tranquil time. Its an exciting time to consider all the needs one must design for when creating something for the new on-demand and shared mobility market.
It was nice to see Dwell inquiring at to possible futures of mobility and the workplace in their recent printed issue. The range of responses include thinking along the lines of what is in IDEO's Slow Becomes Fast flexible interiors concept and Inverse Commute Work on Wheels concept from its Future of Automobility provocation series. Take a closer look at an extract in their online feature.
With Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric vehicles on the horizon, the gig economy and the sharing economy may well intertwine in interesting new ways.
Imagine accessing a shared vehicle for a few hours and paying for that time by running an errand for the vehicle owner. By picking up their groceries and placing them in a cooled storage area, everyone benefits. Mobility is gained and money saved by the vehicle borrower and time is saved for the vehicle owner. Vehicle utilization goes up as well.
As envisioned in IDEO's Future of Automobility provocation series, accessible heated and cooled storage spaces could enable a range of new on-demand services.
For more see the Moving Together section of IDEO's Future of Automobility provocation.