Photo credit: Maitane Iruretagoyena
Researchers at the MIT Media Lab City Science have developed an on-demand autonomous bicycle that boasts a mechanical attachment, enabling it to shift easily from bicycle mode (when in use) to tricycle mode after the rider dismounts. It seamlessly transitions from one configuration to the other by using two linear actuators that separate and rejoin the wheels as necessary.
Photo credit: Ponti Design Studio
We have seen the future of post-COVID19 transportation, and it includes Island by Andrea Ponti. This double-decker driverless tram was designed for use in Hong Kong, and its name refers to the island-like circular benches that facilitate social distancing, while passengers are seated facing outwards in a radial pattern.
Photo credit: Art Lebedev Studio
Art Lebedev Studio unveils the Gruzovikus, a fully-autonomous electric semi truck that does not require a human driver, nor is there room for one in the cabin. Instead of a normal front end, it sports a streamlined screen designed to separate the oncoming air flows while also protecting the sides from dirt as well as loading the front axle. All of this means added stability in case of a heavy load.
Drones are dime a dozen nowadays, but very few stand out like the just announced Skydio 2. What sets it apart from the others? Well, it’s designed to be fully autonomous, thanks to 45-megapixels of visual sensing from six 200° color cameras that are capable of detecting obstacles in every direction. Skydio calls this the ‘Onboard AI’ that powers the ‘Skydio Autonomy Engine.’
Los Angeles-based Canoo is one of the first companies to specialize in subscription-only electric vehicles (EV). The first model, called canoo, was designed by Richard Kim, the man behind the BMW i3 and i8 designs. The vehicles boast a proprietary “skateboard” architecture that directly houses the batteries and electric drivetrain. In other words, all of Canoo’s vehicles will share the same chassis, but with different cabins.