When it comes to riding a bicycle, it’s important to be aware of ALL your surroundings… even things that aren’t in your peripheral vision. With some countries not having dedicated bike lanes, it makes absolute sense to keep an eye on the road and the obstacles ahead of you, but also on vehicles that are approaching you.
The Corky by THE BEAM gives you the literal power of hindsight. Designed to snugly dock right into your bike’s drop bars, Corky’s universal design retrofits into any bike’s handlebars, giving you an instant flip-out convex rear-view mirror that lets you occasionally get an idea of what’s behind you. The Corky’s design weighs a mere 16g, adding functionality to your bike without adding weight. The ABS body is lightweight and impact-resistant, while the PC mirror is robust and can resist scuffs and scratches. Within the ABS body lies a steel bolt that lets you tightly fit the Corky into your bicycle’s drop bar.
The Corky’s convex mirror gives you an incredible view range of 100 meters, and comes with the ability to be rotated 360° to adjust to your view. The flip-out design lets you open and close the mirror based upon your need, and the Corky even comes in a variety of 6 colors to match your aesthetic needs while also fulfilling your bike’s safety needs by giving you the ability to constantly move forward and occasionally look backward so you’re always aware and always safe!
Designer: Min Hyeon Seong of THE BEAM
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The Corky gives you the literal power of hindsight. The convex mirror gives you an incredible view range of 100 meters, and comes with the ability to be rotated 360° to adjust to your view.
View what’s coming up behind of you, very easily!
Corky offers 360 degrees of rotation so you can view everything around you.
When they’re not in use, simply close the lid to keep the mirrors safe and sound.
Designed to snugly dock right into your bike’s drop bars, Corky’s universal design retrofits into any bike’s handlebars, giving you an instant flip-out convex rear-view mirror that lets you occasionally get an idea of what’s behind you.
Test of the rear view mirror while cycling.
The Corky’s design weighs a mere 16g, adding functionality to your bike without adding weight. The ABS body is lightweight and impact-resistant, while the PC mirror is robust and can resist scuffs and scratches.
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3-D View of the Corky
Within the ABS body lies a steel bolt that lets you tightly fit the Corky into your bicycle’s drop bar.
Above is the Corky-M variant (for your mountain bike).
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In Mohammad Ghezel’s vision of the future, vehicles communicate with each other, with the road and all the traffic elements on it, and even with a Traffic Center that’s dubbed as the WWVW, or the World Wide Vehicle Web. This allows the vehicles in Ghezel’s vision to avoid bumpy rides, collisions, and even traffic jams, as the cars employ an Anti-Collide System, where millions of cars can swarm together and drive right by each other without any impact. Since everything is in constant communication with a central web just for vehicles, they find their paths with sheer convenience, circumventing past other cars and avoiding gridlocks.
In this future of convenient conveyance, Ghezel’s also designed a smart-car that drives autonomously while also giving you the ability to sit behind the wheel and control it. Titled the MovinGenius, the automobile is absolutely state-of-the-art. Powered entirely by 6 flexible solar panels that sit on the roof of the vehicle, the MovinGenius operates entirely on clean energy that powers its zero-emissions electric motor. On the sides, the MovinGenius is clad with a smart-glass that can go from transparent to highly-tinted in a matter of seconds with the flip of a button. This transition enables riders within the MovinGenius to alternate between an open or a fully-private car experience. The MovinGenius comes armed with two gullwing doors that allow drivers and passengers to board the vehicle. There’s space for 5 people, including an optional driver, who can take reins of the vehicle whenever needed. The seats inside the MovinGenius are fully adjustable too, moving forwards, backwards, and even side to side to give you the seating experience you desire. Seats can even rotate 360° to give you any sort of layout you’re looking for, and the glass has the ability to transform into an interactive smart screen, displaying media directly on the glass itself.
Here’s a look at MovinGenius’s specifications:
• Adds new experiences to its database so it can decide progressively better and faster (machine learning) • Knows the speed and location of approaching vehicles. • Can see the vehicles that you can’t see. • Knows road conditions that you don’t know. • Mimicking grasshopper Anti-Collide System (millions of them swarm without any collision) avoids collisions. • Pre-Scanning the road for potholes, bumps and etc. to drive more smoothly. • IoE, Internet of Everything; all connected devices and data are available anytime. • Ultrasonic Sensor on Wheels to Measure Velocity and Proximity of nearby Objects • Pedestrian Detection | Blind Spot Detection | Night Vision | Safe Speed – Lane Change Assistant | Side Impact Alert | Cross Traffic Alert | Foresighted Driving | Safe Following | Adaptive Cruise Control • Improve urban air quality with Smarter Transportation • Transform Vehicles to totally Connected Machines • Call your Vehicle from everywhere at anytime • 6 Wheels | 4+1 VIP Passengers • 6 Flexible 110W | 18.5V Solar Panels
Designer: Mohammad Ghezel
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We may not be near having artificial intelligence drive our cars, but we’re living in an age where robots and AI will park our cars for us. An airport in Lyon, France is debuting a robot designed by Stanley Robotics, which will latch onto your car and park it for you as you rush to board your flight. Given that parking your car on a tight schedule can often result in a loss of precious minutes, the Lyon Airport is relying on an army of car-parking bots that gently carry your car to the nearest vacant spot. The parking system is entirely powered by A.I. and requires no human assistance. It also means you save precious minutes instead of circling the parking lot looking for an empty space.
Parking your car at the airport is relatively simple. Drive right into the parking bay and input your flight (and return) details into the kiosk beside the parking bay. That’s pretty much all there is to it! The robot picks your car up by the wheels and parks it for you as you rush to board your flight. It also knows when you’ll be back, so once you land, the bot brings your car back to the parking bay, for you to pick up. Neat, isn’t it?! And what’s better is that Stanley Robotics’ system can even account for delayed or preponed flights, adjusting the time accurately to make sure your car is waiting for you just when you need it!
Designer: Stanley Robotics
Présentation du robot-voiturier à l’aéroport de Lyon Saint Exupéry par la compagnie Stanley Robotics. Robot-voiturier + capteurs
If you’re going to call your car Akula, or literally Russian for shark, you better follow up on that promise. Designed by British supercar company Ginetta, the Akula pretty much stood out from all the other cars at the Geneva Motor Show. After all, with something that looks so over-the-top, your eyes are bound to gravitate to it. In fact, when asked why the Akula was designed the way it was, chairman Lawrence Tomlinson commented: “The concept behind the Akula was to build something truly individual, something that other brands cannot do due to corporate constraints. Designed to cut through the air like a shark through water, the car unquestionably means business.”
The Akula is literally an experiment in audacity. From its ravenously wild carbon-fiber build, to its V8 engine with 600bhp and a top speed of 200mph, to even the engine’s sound (I literally had goosebumps!), the Akula is a car that looks at the supercar blueprint and immediately tries to one-up it. Realizing it can be more, be better, and frankly a little scary too, the Akula is like a concept automobile designer’s wet-dream. Bold, brutish, and badass!
The Akula was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2019, and maker Ginetta announced that it would be limited to a run of 20 models (60% of which were sold even before the car was announced!)
It’s only natural that the world’s first fully autonomous self-driving bus would come out of Finland. Finland, believe it or not, is often considered to be the ‘Silicon Country’ that gave the world Nokia and pretty much set the very blueprint for mobile communications. Nokia was founded in Finland, and for over two grand decades before Apple launched the iPhone, Nokia was the standard to beat. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that your first phone was a Nokia (I know mine was). Post-2010 when Nokia saw a slowdown, after which it was acquired and dissolved by Microsoft, these engineers and designers moved onto bigger and better things. The dissolution of Nokia saw the rise of companies like Rovio (Angry Birds), SuperCell (Clash of Clans), and even Sensible 4, the company that designed the software behind Gacha, the world’s first self-driving bus that was built to operate under any weather conditions.
Gacha was created in collaboration with MUJI, which provided the design language for the bus. Courtesy a partnership facilitated by Helsinki Business Hub (which promotes collaboration between international agencies and Finnish talent) MUJI, headed by Naoto Fukasawa, got in touch with Sensible 4, the brains behind the self-driving software. Since as early as the 90s, Sensible 4 has been working on self-driving tech. In fact, they even tested a functioning self-driving Jeep in 1993, but the computers inside it were so big, there was no place for humans to sit! The collaboration came about as Sensible 4 began plotting ways to make public transport more autonomous and frictionless. The idea for a 10-person bus that could navigate anywhere in any weather was born and MUJI immediately jumped on board to help bring the vision to life!
The name Gacha comes from a Japanese toy figurine often found in shops and malls across Japan. These Gachas would be inside a massive toy-dispensing gumball machine and once you put the money in and pressed a button, the toy would come tumbling out, encased in an almost spherical container. This container, which housed a human toy inside it, became MUJI’s inspiration for the Gacha, and the name stuck around too.
The Gacha’s dual-colored design is inspired by the toy container’s two-piece construction too. It features a soft, filleted design that immediately appears friendly and inviting, unlike the rigid design of buses, or the aerodynamic design of trains. The soft form helps break barriers by not creating a strictly defined wall or a ceiling. The curved, almost womb-like form immediately allows it to be perceived as friendly on the outside as well as the inside… a feature that’s very important, says Naoto Fukasawa, considering how daunting the prospect of a self-driving vehicle could be. The size of the vehicle is perfect too, allowing 10 people to be seated and an additional 4 more people to stand inside. The seating design is conducive to friendly conversation. Unlike most buses that have seats facing in one direction or individually designed seats arranged linearly, the Gacha has a running bench from left to right. It takes inspiration from the seating of saunas, a Finnish heritage and tradition, encouraging people to sit in groups.
Its size is crucial too, according to Sensible 4’s CEO Harri Santamala. The Gacha’s small size (coupled with its top speed of 40mph) is perfect for small shuttle activities. The bus is safe by virtue of its speed, and if and when demand for the Gacha increases, municipalities can simply deploy more vehicles on the road, rather than making larger vehicles that are more accommodating.
Lastly, the Gacha’s design is bilaterally symmetrical as a stroke of complete genius. With a design that doesn’t have a front or back, Naoto says that the Gacha can easily work in left-hand and right-hand driving countries. The headlamps and taillamps are integrated into a running LED strip around the waist of the car, and a simple flip within the software can allow the headlamps and taillamps to switch direction, allowing the bus to run easily on any side of the road without needing expensive hardware/build changes. The complete absence of a drivers cockpit or steering wheel means the insides are completely bilaterally symmetrical too, from the benches down to the in-bus displays.
Sensible 4 has been working on autonomous driving tech for virtually 30 years. With the Gacha, the company finally sees self-driving vehicles actually making their way to roads around them. How is Gacha different from other self-driving vehicles around the world? It’s the first self-driving vehicle designed to work in practically any weather condition.
Finland, aside from fostering an incredibly talented tech community (and also being one of the only two countries in the world to already have legislation in place for self-driving automobiles) also provides the perfect testing ground for self-driving cars, given its weather diversity. Far away from the sunny plains of San Francisco, Finland proves to be a complete obstacle course for the Gacha. It sees snow, rain, sun, hail, fog, and the roads are often challenging to navigate through, given that they could be snowed in, frozen and icy, or just plain uneven in suburban parts of the country. Sensible 4 has worked long and hard to develop a vehicle that can not only sense roads and obstacles, but even perform its tasks in inclement weather. The Gacha, equipped with a wide variety of sensors, cameras, and mapping systems, can travel through dense fog, heavy snow, and even torrential rain without breaking a sweat. It can navigate through roads using an onboard GPS and a map, sense traffic and signs/signals to travel in accordance with the law, stopping at red lights, zebra crossings, or even when there’s an obstacle in its path. In the snow, the Gacha knows exactly where speed breakers are, using a combination of radar, lidar, and sonar, and its intelligent AI can even map out alternate routes if roads are closed, unsafe, or even crowded.
A look at the way Gacha captures and processes its surroundings
The Gacha, ultimately, was designed to be a shuttle bus. Think about an Uber Pool for more than 4 people. It can operate within the city as well as to suburbs, picking up people who summon it and planning out its routes based on demand, using Sensible 4’s advanced algorithms. Rather than having a fixed route like a public bus, the Gacha can make diversions to pick up people who need to go to certain destinations, and with its 100km range and 6-hour battery life, can complete multiple runs before retiring to a nearby charging station for a quick recharge.
THE TEST RIDE
As a part of an exclusive team that got to view the unveiling of the Gacha, Yanko Design was given a rare opportunity to be one of the first to sit inside and ride the Gacha. The bus was unveiled on the 8th of March to the public of Helsinki, with a flag off from the deputy mayor of the city. It had snowed the day before, and as a result, the roads were slushy and slippery, and I remember everyone complaining about how miserable the weather was, while the Gacha team had quite the opposite reaction! They were more than happy to demonstrate the self-driving bus in undesirable weather and driving conditions. Unveiled at Helsinki’s newly built central library, the Oodi, the Gacha was made to drive within a cordoned off area for the public, including the press.
Stepping into the Gacha, I instantly remembered registering two reactions. My mind knew exactly what a big deal this was, to be sitting inside a vehicle that was operating on its own, with absolutely no instructions or controls from a present human… but at the same time, it felt like an incredibly familiar experience. You see, we’re used to something quite similar with a subway or a train. You don’t necessarily see the driver of the train you sit in. You just enter the compartment and stand there aimlessly knowing that the vehicle will complete its journey with you inside it, and your only job is to get off at your stop. That’s what the Gacha felt like too, and it’s an incredible win for the industry because it immediately helps remove any fear the public may have with self-driving cars. Practically the size of a large cable car, the Gacha moved around on its own as I, along with a group of journalists, sat inside, trying to register exactly what a big deal this was. There was immediately a sense of faith in the bus, and I doubt a car would have the exact same feeling because people are used to driving their own cars, but with a bus, you’re usually always a passenger.
The Gacha knew exactly where to stop, when to and for how long to open its sliding doors, and when to embark. It completed a circular journey around an empty plot outside the Oodi library, and plotted the exact same path without the presence of lanes, lines, or even a roadway. It stopped when a pedestrian happened to come close to it, and began immediately once the coast was clear. The LED strip around the Gacha did a remarkable job of letting people know exactly when it was going to stop, when it was waiting for boarding, and when it was going to depart. In every which way, the Gacha did exactly what it promised to do, with the intuition of a human driver, knowing exactly where and when to proceed.
The Gacha may be able to get from point A to B on its own, but it still has a lot of obstacles to cross. For starters, Sensible 4 is sending the bus (its only prototype as of now) to the northern laplands of Finland to operate under snowy conditions. The team will gather all the necessary data to make the Gacha work better and with lesser friction, no matter the weather. There’s also a major conversation around the presence of self-driving automobiles with regards to the dangers of the technology. The immediate fear is the loss of jobs, but in any advancing society, old jobs die to give birth to new ones. The deputy mayor of Helsinki believes that the Gacha will create new jobs with it. The second most important fear is the protocol in an undesirable situation like an accident or a calamity. While the Gacha is heavily optimized and speed-limited to avoid any accidents, it still remains to be determined what the bus will do in the event of one. Unlike humans who may flee a scene, the Gacha will have to be much more accountable and responsible, while also being responsible for the people within it. Given the Gacha’s 2021 debut date, we may finally get a clearer picture of the safety protocols of self-driving vehicles.
While the Gacha goes on its year-long test run in the city of Espoo, Sensible 4 is tasked with finding a hardware/manufacturing partner for the vehicle. With the design and technology in place, the company hopes to have governments of cities and municipalities invite it to become a part of the public transit system. The Gacha also has a lot of opportunities outside public transport. With the ability to work as a logistics vehicle, or even moving retail outlet like a grocery, or perhaps a MUJI shop (!) on wheels, the Gacha can don many hats, serving not just local governments and municipalities, but even corporations. Ultimately, the fact that the Gacha has the ability to travel in any sort of weather without the need of a driver, really allows the vehicle to seamlessly integrate into a variety of countries, cultures, societies, campuses, and even businesses. Designed to simply be a vehicle that will reliably get from point A to point B without any glitch, problem, or fuss, the Gacha has a universal outlook and appeal that seems lightyears ahead of its time!
Created as an homage to his two favorite Porsche cars, the 935 and the 911, this is the Porsche 357, Clément Lacour’s pet project at making a Porsche that is viciously fast, yet has a certain sensuality. The car has an ability to depict speed and grace in a unique way. It uses organic forms to evoke the feelings of elegance, but at the same time doesn’t let those organic curves dominate the design. The Porsche 357 is ultimately a flat, low-suspension car that looks like it could zip from A to B without you even knowing. It borrows from the 935’s aggressive front with incredibly low headlamps, and the extended lip on the rear, creating an aesthetic that’s emotive. The 357 seats one driver, and was designed purely for the thrill of riding a car that fully embodies Porsche’s wild spirit!
If you were ever a fan of Buell’s motorbikes, you probably weren’t to happy to hear them being absorbed by Harley Davidson. Eric Buell (founder of Buell Motorbikes), however, has moved on and founded a new bike company, rather sardonically named Fuell. And this bike right here, is The Fuell Flow.
Designed to be the vanguard of urban mobility, the Fuell Flow is a fully electric motorbike available in both 11kW and 35kW variants. With a comfortable 125 mile range, and a motor that sits on the rear wheel, eliminating the need for a transmission belt or chain, the Fuell Flow makes for a comfortable urban ride. It features a connected dashboard, 13 gallons of storage on-board for bags and whatnot, and is even customizable, allowing you to switch motors, batteries and chargers. And what’s truly the best bit is that it combines the talent and expertise of Eric Buell, the founder of Buell Motorcycles, and Frédéric Vasseur, Formula 1 Alfa Romeo principal engineer. The Flow does a pretty good job of capturing the soul and aesthetic of Buell’s café racers, and giving them a modern touch with liberal use of straight lines along with the combination of black and silver with just a dash of green!
Back after a major hiatus post the Spanish Civil War, when the Catalonian government decided to seize control of its factories and use them for aircraft engines and other war supplies, Hispano Suiza, Spain’s homegrown luxury automotive brand, is back in action, and with a strong reminder of what it stood for in the past.
This is the Carmen, named after Carmen Mateu, the granddaughter of the founder of Hispano Suiza, and the current president’s mother. Touted as a birth, or a rebirth if you will, the Carmen, unlike most hypercars, doesn’t look like a part of the same family. Channeling a beautiful retrofuturistic aesthetic, the Carmen’s stylings take inspiration from the car’s 1930s history (arguably their peak), and bring those to the modern world. Showing off curves like they’re nobody’s business, the Carmen is equal parts contemporary and blast-from-the-past.
Its vintage-meets-new-age stylings aside, the Carmen has the innards of a futuristic automobile. Powered by an electric drivetrain, the Carmen boasts of a two-motor rear-wheel-drive delivering a cool 1,005 horsepower. This allows the Carmen, technically a hypercar, to blitz from 0-100 kmh (0-62 mph) in less than three seconds. Strangely enough, the top speed on the Carmen is actually electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), done because Suiza’s technical directior Lluc Marti says that the real-world applications of driving above 250 kph are bizarrely limited. Rather than keeping a high top speed as a power flex, the Carmen’s top speed is realistic, and ‘sensible’.
Hispano-Suiza has put this prototype together in just nine months, with a design and build team of just 25 people. Debuted in Geneva, the car will head to Spain for testing and development followed by further rigorous application and testing on racetracks and mountain roads across the Iberian peninsula. Pretty remarkable for a company that’s been dormant for almost a century, I’d say!
Crafted from a glass-powder pigment to ensure full visibility, Wheel Flash’s stickers adhere to your tires and your bike’s handlebars, making you instantly visible in low-light conditions without any battery or electronics. A simple universal add-on sticker that works with any bike, the Wheel Flash helps increase visibility and prevent accidents that occur due to the slim and silent nature of cycles.
Statistics say that as many as 50% of bicycle accidents occur from the side and the front, and increased visibility could prevent a large percentage of them. Made to work without needing any electricity, Wheel Flash uses a pigment made from glass powder that helps reflect back any sort of light but with a much higher intensity, making them visible to drivers on empty, dark roads. Stick them on your bicycle wheels and on the handlebars, and the cyclist instantly becomes visible as the stickers glow brightly even in the lowest of light conditions. Mounting the stickers on the wheels creates a moving light pattern when the wheels rotate, allowing them to grab the attention of any oncoming traffic, while the stickers meant for the handlebars prevent head-on collisions letting people know when a speeding bicycle is approaching them.
Weighing as much as a sheet of paper, the Red Dot-winning Wheel Flash stickers come pre-cut and ready to use. They provide instant visibility without affecting the bicycle’s aerodynamics, performance, or its look, and most importantly, last practically forever without having to consume any power.
Wheel Flash are minimalist bike reflectors for high visibility. These cycling reflectors are made with glass powder technology for a 360° visibility.
Riding at dusk or after dark is almost unavoidable, whether you’re commuting on short winter days or riding into the spring or summer dusk. Adding Wheel Flash reflective stickers will help drivers pick you out from the urban visual chaos.
By adding reflective elements on moving points to your bike will massively increase your visibility at low light conditions.
With car headlights aiming down – The wheels on your bike become eye-catching. Seen here is the Spanish ambassador @raulcycling
Whether you’re a casual rider, a daily commuter, or a pro cyclist, having the right gear for the journey can make a huge difference.
The design of the Wheel Flash combines outstanding aerodynamics with cutting-edge reflection, while being practically weightless and minimalist.
With Wheel Flash reflectors can BE SEEN from up to a distance of 250 miles (400 mts) and make you recognizable as a bike.
Capturing the attention of drivers and pedestrians making them essential for anyone who trains or commutes under all the circumstances. Totally Waterproof!
Crafted from a glass-powder pigment to ensure full visibility. Forget about heavy, bulky plastic parts and say hello to these high-performance reflectors.
Wheel Flash at night.
Wheel Flash at day.
Wheel Flash’s stickers adhere to your tires and your bike’s handlebars, making you instantly visible in low-light conditions without any battery or electronics.
This is Bugatti’s latest car. I use car in the most technical sense possible, because the La Voiture Noire (literally translating to The Black Car) is literally a car, complete with an engine, four wheels, doors and such, but it’s also a trophy. The one-off La Voiture Noire celebrates Bugatti’s 110th anniversary as an established automotive brand.
A modern reinterpretation of Jean Bugatti’s Type 57 SC Atlantic (you’ll definitely see similarities in the rear half of the vehicle), the La Voiture Noire also captures the Bugatti brand’s signature stylings. The C-shaped window cutaway is still very present in the La Voiture Noire, and it also retains Bugatti’s iconic tunnel-shaped front grille. At the same time, the La Voiture Noire is testament to Bugatti’s evolving aesthetic. The La Voiture Noire builds on the Bugatti Divo’s aggressive ‘face’, going for a demeanor that’s authoritative, rather than furious-looking. Unlike the Divo, it also relies on gentle, smooth curves that still evoke a sense of extreme speed.
“Every single component has been handcrafted and the carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss only interrupted by the ultrafine fibre structure. This is a material that has been handled perfectly,” says Bugatti designer Etienne Salomé. “We worked long and hard on this design until was nothing that we could improve. For us, the coupé represents the perfect form with a perfect finish.” The car features a one-of-a-kind 16-cylinder engine, delivering so much power that the car packs a mind-numbing six tailpipes. The La Voiture Noire not only is a symbol of Bugatti’s 110-year-old legacy of superior carmaking and fine engineering, but it also is a testament to Bugatti’s exclusivity. In fact, the company has only made a single model of the La Voiture Noire, packed with a whopping price tag of $12.5 million… and guess what. It’s already sold!