Designers conjure up wacky 'car of the future'
Forward thinking or yeast logic?
Leccy Tech The Mike & Maaike design studio is well known for its work on HTC’s G1 Android-based phone and the Xbox 360. Now it has turned its attention to thinking how the car of tomorrow will look and operate.
M&M's ATNMBL: the car of tomorrow?
The ATNMBL - short for Autonomobile, apparently, though it seems more like a TXTer's mistake to us – does away with anything as mundane as a steering wheel. In fact, the car doesn’t feature physical controls of any sort. You just get in, sit down and wait for it to ask you where you want to go.
Controlled entirely by voice commands, the ATNMBL would find its way around town using a combination of GPS and Lidar - a combination of light detection and ranging, radar and accelerometers.
Interior courtesy of Ikea?
Able to seat seven adults, ATNMBL would be propelled by four in-wheel electric motors and a battery back sandwiched into the floor. Solar panels on the vehicle’s roof will help increase its range, the design duo said.
The car’s interior looks to be more Swedish living room than German sports saloon, with circular couch seating and a large flat-panel display for information and entertainment.
Steered by GPS, radar and accelerometers
But the designers have at least considered the inherent lack of privacy that driving around in a hi-tech goldfish bowl presents. The pair said that the ATNMBL’s windows could be tinted electronically – a feature that would probably make the ATNMBL perfect for amorous teenagers.
The ATNMBL's wacky looks made it unpopular with other cars
Mike & Maaike expect us all to start trading in our cars for ATNMBLs sometime around 2040, but haven’t announced any plans to actually build the car. ®
Not ground-breaking work, but.....
I'm glad that there are people out there prepared to think for longer than 2 seconds about what the future of private transport may look like and serve as. Because, judging from the pathetic comments from the utter cretins above, we would still be sitting in nothing more advanced than a 1900 Daimler. Clueless luddites. The world turns round the sun you know. It's not flat either. And there are no witches beyond Hereford too.
When you've stopped picking at the scabs of your knuckles from where they've been scraping the ground, just try and think for a moment. Consider the stress and risk placed on you and other people when you mindlessly travel from point to point, demonstrating to the world your substandard abilities behind the wheel. Try and think about the fact that driving for pleasure went sailing out the window in most countries many years ago. Consider that all those hours you waste being bored, annoyed and embarrassed could be spent doing something productive in work, family or social perspectives. Now you may begin to understand that vehicles in the future will change. Not necessarily into this Utopian greyboxmobile (emotive needs of owners will be pandered to, which sadly means we will be suffering the delicate egos of BMW owners for some time to come for example), but as a carriage to take you to another place in safety while allowing you to get on with other tasks at the same time.
So before you embark yet again with your parrot squawkings on software/crashes/fugly/ (what is this abomination of the language? Grow up for heaven's sake!) I-have-no-brain-and-so-will-compare-to-my-1997-Mondeo, do try to understand the wider context of personal transport. Or better still, have a go at creating a vision yourself with the crayons your mummy gave you yesterday.
Rant over? I haven't even started sunshine.
Sounds like a stupid idea.
Also looks like a cross between a transparent caravan and a bath.
RE:We hope you enjoyed the ride!
I agree with Chris 219. It looks just like the JohnnyCab from Total Recall. It will never be built. I'm hoping that by 2040 we'll all be teleporting wherever we want to go like in Niven's Known Space stories. Otherwise, we won't have to worry about seatbelts, aerodynamics, or any of that rubbish because the roads will all be in a state of perpetual gridlock and nothing will be able to go more than 2-3 mph, if you're lucky. So you better well have a living room on wheels, with a bathroom, beer fridge, and other nourishment, because by the time your morning commute is over, it'll be time to start back home again.