Currently, most of the attention on autonomous vehicles is focused on the technology that lets cars drive themselves. However, in the near future, the industry will need to broaden its focus to include what is arguably just
Mecha-based anime can be fun to watch for the mechanical designs. While giant bi-pedal robots don't make much practical sense, every once in a while the designers will stick something in there, like a funky car, that combines the fantastical with the pragmatic. A good case in point was
Editor's Note: Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week. Up this week: For those who cycle, and for whom their baby
The Aero-Loop was designer Thor Yi Chun's proposal for an airport with banked, circular runways. The idea was that it would take up much less space than an airport with conventional runways. Thor's proposal was for a design competition some years ago and the idea was never seriously pursued. But
During World War II, America cranked out some 640,000 Jeeps produced by both Willys-Overland and Ford. Once assembled, they could be stacked for transport with the assistance of intermediary pallets: However, to get them onto ships for transport across the Atlantic and Pacific, they were broken down and crated for
VeriFone wanted to use the MX925 unit as a payment terminal for taxis. The problem was, the terminal only had hard line Ethernet, not wireless, connectivity. To bring cellular connection to the terminal, we worked closely with the electronic engineer to add a wireless module. The iO module is a simple plug-in unit that requires no wiring. We also added a USB port for customers to charge their phones and mobile devices. We engineer and manufacture the final product in an aggressive time schedule.
Our Honda Element post drew lots of interest, and now we've scheduled an interview with the car's interior designer. Honda Chief Designer Jose Wyszogrod has graciously agreed to answer our questions and even provide ideation sketches and renderings! While we'll ask all of the obvious questions, we'd like some from
Honda bailed out of the dog-friendly vehicle market by discontinuing the Element. This means there's a gap in the market, which Nissan has picked up on: After sifting through a Kennel Club survey of dog-owning drivers in the UK, they learned that "Almost 90 percent would buy a car that boasts dog-friendly features."
Key Responsibilities • As a key element of the AT Design team, ensures collaboration and support during the whole process of a design and product development for the 3 brands of the division (American Tourister, Disney by Samsonite, Gregory). • Translates conceptual ideas into sketches, 3D
As Ralph Gilles put it, the challenge an auto designer faces is to create a vehicle now that will still look relevant ten years into the future. The potential reward is to have produced an enduring piece of design that will be experienced and remembered by millions. Production Designer Colin
IDEO's latest transportation project, The Future of Moving Together, merges two current transportation trends—autonomous vehicles and ride sharing—into one future scenario that questions both what it means to own a car and the concept of shared spaces. Future of Automobility: Moving Together from IDEO on Vimeo.The concept of the
Out of all the cars I've driven in my lifetime, only one made me consistently grateful for the effort put in by its designers. That car is the decidedly unsexy but fantastically utilitarian Honda Element, first released in 2003. A friend of mine owned one, and started lending it to
When people ask Orange County Choppers Lead Designer Jason Pohl what he does for a living, he says: "Well, I draw pictures of motorcycles, and then I color them in. So, in a way, I get paid to color." Pohl, if you couldn't tell, isn't afraid to have a little fun at his own expense.
The Safe Start Transform Rechargeable Electric Scooter is designed for kids of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, ages 6 and up. The Speed Control Switch sets the top speed to either 5 mph or 8 mph, and the thumb-actuated throttle smoothly controls acceleration to top speed. The rechargeable 12-volt battery provides 40 minutes of continuous ride time. The extra wide, low profile deck makes this electric scooter extremely stable and easy to control, and the lean-to-turn steering makes
A lot of you have been asking me to draw a car and honestly I've been avoiding it! But for good reason… because it is hard. Drawing a car is a lot different from any other product conceptualization. I think this is because we have strong emotional associations with cars.
Want to seem like you're into cars, without having to actually give a damn about cars?* Ally Financial debuted some conceptual "New Car Smell" scent options at this year's NAIAS that might be able to help you out. Their fine line of auto-themed scents first showed up
Did you know that the Presidential limousine travels with two pints of the POTUS's blood type? Over the years, the Secret Service has had to do the grim math of what procedures to have in place should there be an attack on the Presidential motorcade. This has led to a
In southwestern France is a company called Beauer, which manufactures extendable caravans. You've probably seen "slide-outs" on RVs before, but in this case the slide-out triples the square footage: My French isn't great, but in the first part of the video he's saying this is the new generation of
I'm absolutely thrilled that Ralph Gilles was chosen as the subject for the auto design episode of "Abstract: The Art of Design." Partially because I knew so little about Gilles beyond his work and his reputation, and partially because he's that rarest of designers—a business-savvy one. (Gilles got an MBA
Chevrolet recently invited Core77 up to their Winter Drive program in Lime Rock, Connecticut, whereby they put journalists behind the wheel of a Chevy on a snow course accompanied by expert driving instructors. The idea is to teach you how to better navigate poor driving conditions in everyday, non-specialty vehicles.
About Us: Stellar Labs is the first all-digital marketplace for business aviation, a nearly $60 billion travel industry world-wide. Powered by an all cloud infrastructure, we connect the business aviation industry on the ground and in the sky. Our integrated platform delivers the first real-time sourcing, pricing,
At NIO, we’re rethinking the future of cars and mobility to make this world a better place to be. As the UX/UI team, we’re at the core of it. We envision and craft unique experiences for our users, in the car and beyond it. We challenge conventions and believe design
The Digilens reference design is a fully integrated display element and computer system with wireless networking, accelerometers and sensors working together to optimize the motorcycle riding experience. It will provide a completely immersive, mixed reality experience using augmented reality (AR) to layer vital information with an enhanced field of vision without disrupting concentration on the road.
This is pretty wicked: Czech inventor Petr Gross, frustrated by the difficulties of getting snow chains onto tires, has invented a far easier solution. His pop-on hubcap design automatically deploys snow-biting spiked arms, and can even deploy them when the car is in motion:
Vanguard Moto Inc. is a combination of two fellows: Motorcycle designer Edward Jacobs (whom I briefly overlapped with at Pratt's Industrial Design program) and entrepreneur and supply chain expert Francois-Xavier Terny. Together the two have devised a unique vehicle: The Vanguard Roadster, a frameless, modular motorcycle that targets the premium
The interface design of automobiles hasn't changed much over the decades. And when auto designers or engineers start mucking around with established conventions, care must be taken; in several cases, people have been killed by unconventionally-designed shifters*, for instance. But now new technology is prompting a new design problem, which
Compared with last year's CES and Detroit Auto Show, this year has seen a lot less odd concept vehicles and last mile design. One neat 2017 standout has been the mysterious but fun Ioniq scooter teased by Hyundai at CES. The company's line of Ioniq electric vehicles is plugging along
POSITION SUMMARY Flexjet, a luxury private jet travel provider, is currently seeking a Graphic Designer to assist with the execution of creative marketing and communication design needs within their in-house creative team, Studio One. The ideal candidate will be a motivated, innovative individual with 2-3 years of professional in-house
Renfrew Group, in partnership with the NHS unveiled the innovative modular children’s wheelchair ‘Chair 4 Life’ system designed to address the unmet needs of disabled children and young adults at NHS Expo in April 2013. The Chair4Life (C4L) initiative was developed by the NHS National Innovation Centre (NIC) in response to clear statements of clinical need from users, carers and health experts.
How do you get to work each morning? According to the United Nations and World Bank, there's a 54% chance that you live in or near an urban center - and it follows that you likely work in that city as well. It's possible that your home is within walking
Mazda's CX-9 is the company's largest vehicle to date and embodies the Kodo (soul of motion) design philosophy. First showcased by the Shinari concept car in 2010 and since evolved by the Miata, CX-3 and CX-5 models, Kodo is about "creating cars that embody the dynamic beauty of life," according
Like BMW, Honda also feels that motorcycles of the future will be self-balancing. Here's a demonstration of their Riding Assist technology, which does a Segway one better: This is no gimmick, by the way; self-balancing motorcycles would be a boon to riders at low speeds and at the beginning
It's a little hard to believe at first sight, but Korea's Hankook Mirae Technology company has released video of their human piloted mech walking. It's called the Method-2, and the 13 foot 1.3 ton machine looks like something CG plucked out of a movie. Though untrue, this isn't terribly wrong,
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