Jaguar Land Rover’s Project Vector is a self-driving pod that focuses on zero emissions/accidents

Joining the ranks of companies like Toyota, Honda, Volvo, Volkswagen, and many more, Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled its hitherto secret Project Vector, a self-driving pod that aims to usher the company into the future of mobility and achieve its goal of reaching Destination Zero. What is Destination Zero, you ask? “Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero mission is an ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner. Delivered through relentless innovation, the company’s focus is on achieving a future of zero emissions, zero accidents, and zero congestion – through its products, services and across its facilities”, says the JLR team behind Project Vector.

The Vector is a boxy, multi-use electric pod with self-driving capabilities. Developed at the Warwick University’s National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, Sir Ralf Speth revealed that the project’s been in development for several years, and is all set for on-road trials in Coventry next year.

The Project Vector pod offers autonomous driving as an option, rather than be fully self-driving. This means the pod still comes with a traditional driver’s seat and steering wheel, but it offers internal flexibility, allowing the front seats to rotate 180° and face inwards, creating a more social environment. This allows the Vector to be used in a variety of formats with multiple seating configurations, for private, shared, or even commercial use. The compact vehicle measures a mere 4 meters in length and comes with an all-new “skateboard” platform that houses all the electronics and mechanics in a pallette right below the car. This frees the upper half of the car up, allowing for a much more spacious interior, with large, panoramic glass panels on the front and back, and french-window-style all-glass sliding doors on either side that allow you to embark and disembark with ease.

This isn’t JLR’s first project in the autonomous sector. The company revealed a quirky conceptual pod with ‘virtual eyes’ that could help communicate the car’s intent with pedestrians and nearby drivers!

Designers: Jaguar Land Rover & Warwick University’s National Automotive Innovation Centre

The Ferrari GT Cross concept integrates the company’s racing DNA with SUV-design

The Ferrari GT Cross isn’t just a large, red SUV with the raging-horse logo on its front. It isn’t a Lamborghini Urus or Maserati Levante-styled SUV that dilutes their respective brands’ DNA to build something more conservative. It’s every bit a Ferrari. Styled as a raised coupe in the spirit of a classic GT Ferrari, the Ferrari GT Cross concept from Jean-Louis Bui (you may remember his Citroen SUV concept from a couple of years back) stays every bit true to the evergreen Ferrari racecar. The SUV coupe comes with a central front engine, 2 seats, a 4 wheel drive, and stays true to Ferrari’s brand language, with a long hood, aerodynamic air inlets, fluid lines, and that classically brutish red and black paint-job!

Designer: Jean-Louis Bui

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The Polestar 1K is a self-driving robocar concept that really looks down upon human drivers!

Meet the Polestar 1K, a concept that went from design-challenge to fully-detailed concept prototype. The Polestar 1K’s journey started on Instagram as a part of the Polestar Inktober Challenge. Designer Fabian Breës took it upon himself to reinterpret the automobile company’s simple, almost architectural form language into something aggressively racy.

The Polestar 1K is a racing car no doubt, but without a driver. Its Speed Racer-inspired aesthetic doesn’t include a cockpit, is developed entirely for roboracing, and comes with a pretty obvious disdain for humankind – something made pretty evident by the fact that its rear lower wing has Death To All Humans written on it! Breës developed this sci-fi beauty taking inspiration from the evil, assassin T-1000 from Terminator 2. The electric hypercar is equipped with cameras on all ends, including a 360° camera on its central watchtower, leaving no blind-spots. If that wasn’t enough, the antagonistic autonomous automobile even comes with a secretly evil AI brain!

Designer: Fabian Breës

The Gruzovikus is an ‘intelligent’ freightliner truck that transports cargo without a driver

Without context, if you looked at the Gruzovikus, your first instinct would be to wonder why its cockpit is so slim. You’d then notice that the Gruzovikus has no doors… or windows. The Gruzovikus doesn’t need a driver, because it IS the driver. Designed by Art Lebedev Studio, this freight-carrying semi-truck comes with an incredibly slim profile, and is fully autonomous i.e., it doesn’t need a driver operating it, even remotely.

The lack of a designer really informs the Gruzovikus’ design process. It has NO cockpit, allowing it to be a whole lot slimmer than most trucks. It literally looks like a horizontal ‘L’, if you look at its side profile! The absence of a cockpit allows the Gruzovikus to take on a much more streamlined, aerodynamic front, with a single vertical screen that houses all of the truck’s sensors and computers. The slimmer front allows the bed at the back to be longer, giving the truck much more stability as its front axle also bears an equal portion of the load. The Gruzovikus still comes equipped with headlights and taillights that help the truck be visible to pedestrians and drivers around it, conforming to current transportation standards… and naturally, it’s all-electric!

Designer: Art Lebedev Studio

A trauma surgeon redesigned the age-old car-jack to make it much safer to use

The CrossJack’s birth has a remarkable story to it. Invented by James Flippin, a trauma surgeon, the CrossJack came as an instinct to make life better… a trait doctors and designers both share with equal passion. Flippin was a young surgeon, tending to a trauma case where a man was gravely injured after a car fell off its jack and onto him. Flippin had to eventually deliver tragic news to the man’s family, and given that it was his first time delivering news of this nature, it impacted him profoundly. He would later go on to see that there were hundreds of cases of car-jack failures, where cars would slip off, injuring the mechanic or owner… and that prompted him to embark on tweaking the design of the jack, to make it much more stable to use. With a newly detailed base that features a wide cross-shaped design, increasing its stability, the CrossJack is the same old jack in a slightly new but noticeably safer design, thanks to its stable base.

The CrossJack’s design prompts one to wonder why car-jacks don’t already have wide bases. Its redesign is simple but effective. A collapsible set of plates sit at the bottom of the CrossJack that open up into a wide cross, giving the jack a spaced-apart, four-point base. This wider footprint prevents the car from being accidentally knocked off the jack, and landing on the ground, injuring anyone who may be working on it. The CrossJack’s tweaked design sports a base that’s nearly half an inch thick, and made of stainless steel, giving it a rugged sturdiness that makes the jack safer than most. When you’re done, the jack folds up to occupy exactly the same amount of space as any regular jack would. Sensible, right? I mean, you shouldn’t have to risk your life and limbs every time you go to change a tire.

Designer: James Flippin

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CrossJack – A New Standard in Car Jacks

CrossJack is a new take on a 100-year-old design. Doctor/inventor James Flippin have taken the scissor jack, designed in 1920 and re-engineered it to provide substantially increased safety and stability. CrossJack aims to replace the current scissor jack in your vehicle without compromising the compactness and ease of use.

Current car jack as it is provides a base that’s only a few square inches in size, which makes it very unstable once the car is lifted up on to the jack.

What CrossJack does is adds a base to the bottom of the standard scissor jack which gives several square feet of base which makes it substantially more stable.

A Brief History

The original scissor jack design dates back to 1908, was updated in 1913 from an original design know as a Lazy-Tongs mechanism by Edgard Cremieu-Javal, and then again in 1920 by Joseph (Jack) Lafrance. Interestingly this “lifting apparatus” was originally designed in reference to lifting ladders. The scissor jack as we now know it didn’t enter vehicles as a standard until the 1970s.

Now over 100 years later the team aims to create an overall design change that will update the scissor jack to the standards and requirements of today’s automotive industry.

The Prototype Design

Meet Dr. James Flippin, Founder of CrossJack

When he was a third-year medical student, a patient was brought into the trauma bay that would change his life. The patient was trapped under his vehicle after it fell off a jack during a repair. The patient’s heart was cut in half, and he died almost instantly. Dr. Flippin recalled an incident two weeks prior when he had knocked his own car off a jack while changing a flat tire. It was right there, in the middle of an on-call shift, that he sat down, and drew a better jack, which became CrossJack.

As a trauma surgeon, Dr. Flippin has seen the devastation a failing car jack can cause. Statistics like these are the reason CrossJack was created.

– 82% of those males were between ages 15-45
– 59% of all car jack injuries occur during a repair or tire change
– 92% of all car jack accidents were caused by the car jack itself
– Carjack accidents can lead to all kinds of injury, from amputations and disfigurement to crushing of internal organs and death.
– 81% of car jack accidents are from passenger vehicles (not trucks or light trucks)
– 74% of car jack injuries occurred because the vehicle slipped/fell off the jack.
– 49% of all injuries involving car jacks were either considered moderate or severe

Real World Testing

Two years ago CrossJack started with just an idea. An idea that has gone from a drawing on a piece of paper to a simple prototype to an actual tested product.

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The X-Scooter LOM solves vehicular congestion by just making mobility smaller

In almost every other industry, progress is always followed by adoption. Vinyls were followed by Cassettes, which were then dethroned by CDs, MP3 files, and finally online streaming. Progress leads to adoption, leads to optimization, followed by evolution, and then more progress. It’s a healthy cycle that allows technology and innovation to constantly provide a better experience to its end-user. Somehow that growth-cycle hasn’t seemed to make its dent in the automotive industry. We’re still, as a majority, driving fuel-powered 4-wheeler 4-seater cars using internal combustion engines that were invented in 1876. The technology has grown better over time, but hasn’t entirely moved onto its next phase.

The result of this visible on most streets today. We’re an ever-growing population that’s migrating towards cities that were designed and planned a hundred years ago, and primarily moving around in vehicles that were designed to deliver their potential on open roads, and not bumper-to-bumper traffic. The X-Scooter LOM (Last One Mile) picks up on a niche phenomenon with the potential to change how we move from A to B… last-mile scooters. By turning last-mile into ALL-mile, the X-Scooter LOM offers a way to move around with the convenience and range of a car or two-wheeler, but the size and format of an electric scooter.

The X-Scooter LOM pushes last-mile scooters into a category that makes them powerful and capable enough to replace your need for a motorcycle or car. It comes with the ability to drive on pavements, tarmac, gravel, or even off the road, thanks to motorcycle-style tires that gives it an all-terrain feature. Designed to be operated while standing, and with a top speed of 15mph, the X-Scooter can be driven on roads as well as on pavements, allowing you to either weave through traffic or through pedestrians to get to where you need to be… and just like all last-mile transport solutions, it’s lightweight, weighing at just 16 kilograms, and folds down to become small enough to carry with you on the subway or even on a bus.

Designed to bridge a gap between playful Segways that were made just for intra-campus commutes, and motorcycles that get you from one part of town to another, the X-Scooter comes equipped with powerful in-wheel motors that give it enough torque to tow mini-trailers hitched to it with as much as 220lbs of weight, and a battery that delivers up to 60 kilometers (37 miles) of range on full juice. The e-scooter even has front and rear blinkers fitted on, making it safe to drive on major roads, and an electric horn to help you navigate safely by alerting commuters around you.

Ultimately, the X-Scooter LOM provides what could be the next step in mobility. Rather than spending hours in gridlocks (whether you’re on two wheels or four), or having to carry a folding scooter in your trunk to help you cover the large distance between your office and the parking lot, the X-Scooter just helps you cover all those distances on one vehicle. Obviously, it isn’t a car replacement, just like vinyl discs still remain the standard for high-fidelity audio. Its purpose, rather, is to be a vehicle that can fill in virtually all the blanks. When commuting solo, the X-Scooter allows you to drive on virtually any terrain, on roads as well as pavements, giving you true mobility freedom… while its small, lightweight, and foldable form factor ensures you can stash it away under a table or a subway seat when you don’t need it; because it’s high time mobility evolved to be compact and connected enough to get you to where you want to be no matter what.

Designer: glafit

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X-Scooter LOM – The Future of the Last-Mile Ecosystem

The X-Scooter LOM (Last One Mile) is an electric scooter that aims to revolutionizes the last mile with Safety, Stability and Sustainability.

Your new lifestyle with LOM will no longer irritate you from traffic congestion. You will never be lost trying to find parking spaces. LOM will always provide you an environmental-friendly, fun & convenient, tireless door-to-door ride wherever you go.

Main Features

Safety Components. Many safety components, like headlights, brake lights, direction indicators, reflective plates and horns have been installed.

Stability. The 12-inch front & 10-inch back pneumatic tire design brings unparalleled stability & agility to the ride. This architectural design makes bumps on the ride hardly noticeable, assuring a consistent ride experience across various surfaces and types of terrain.

Also, LOM allows us to ride with both feet parallel on the board. This natural stand-up stance not only breaks free of any fatigue throughout your rides, but helps maintain your balance through slow-speed rides, making LOM suitable for various places such as crowded spaces.

Mini-trailers. LOM can run with connectable mini-trailers, with up to 220lbs(100kg) of additional weight on the trailer. Shopping, surfing, hiking & camping etc… LOM will be with you wherever you go.

Foldable Design. The handles and the front bar are foldable to a one-handed carry size. Convenient to both pull with the rolling rear tires and one-handedly carry upstairs.

Designated App: Our designated app provides comprehensive vehicle operation from vehicle connection & activation, and even key code sharing with family and friends, supporting the last-mile travel not just for you but for the people around you.

BMS (Battery Management System): The latest Battery Management System, which is developed in collaboration with Panasonic, has a self-learning capability installed within the battery. The more you ride LOM, the more accurate data you will have regarding remaining battery life and available travel distance.

Travel Distance & Speed: 40km maximum distance with LOM’s standard battery pack, and 60km maximum distance with LOM’s optional large battery pack. There are three power modes (High: 25km/h, Mid: 12km/h, Eco: 6km/h) installed to fit your ride for various occasions.

Made in Japan

From its mechanical architecture to its external design, everything is internally developed and assembled at their Japan HQ. They are committed to delivering “The Best-in Class”.

Details

Rear Blinkers/Brake Lights.

Headlights. High efficiency LED for all installed lights. Maximum visibility with the least power consumption.

Electric horn.

3 types of mode settings, choose the mode you want.

Same tires as electric motorcycles. Wider tires than normal bicycles for both stability and durability.

48V350W compact in-wheel motors for powerful and durable rides.

Durable, hard Maple top with non-slip material coating used for the step board.

Specs

– Battery: Charging time 3.5h 460Wh 48V
– Speed: 4-15mph (6-25km)
– Range: 25 miles (40km)
– Weight: 36 lbs (16.5kg)
– Wheels: Front 12 inches, Rear 10 inches
-Motor: 350-700W
-Slope 12%

These features make a big big difference in the actual last-mile ecosystem.

How To Use Some of the Features

Please pick LOM up by the frame, not the handle stem. It’s only fastened with a magnet.

The battery slides off simply with the turn of the key.

You can charge from any outlet in your home. You can charge it with the battery attached to the vehicle, or removed.

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The Airbus MAVERIC aircraft’s unique design helps reduce drag while providing more cabin space

Before we address the Airbus MAVERIC’s unique blended-wing form, let’s take a minute to appreciate Airbus’s abbreviation skills and the fact that MAVERIC stands for Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls.

Unveiled at this year’s Singapore Air Show, the Airbus MAVERIC features an almost singular form where the main body and wings blend into each other, rather than being visually distinct forms. This blended-wing design, according to Airbus, significantly helps reduce drag while increasing fuel efficiency by 20%. It even provides the aircraft with a larger cabin, allowing a smaller and much more efficient blended-wing body aircraft to compete with larger, regular aircrafts. Combine those factors together and the MAVERIC could dramatically increase the efficiency of air-travel, making it far more sustainable. On the inside, Airbus is leveraging a new take on interiors to make the in-flight experience enjoyable. Given that the windows on the MAVERIC are spaced further apart, thanks to the wider design, the cabin interiors are well lit and have higher ceilings to prevent feelings of claustrophobia. All seats are equipped with large infotainment modules too, to keep passengers occupied and entertained through the flight.

Airbus revealed a small, scaled-down demonstrable model of the MAVERIC at Singapore which they’ve been working on since 2017 and began testing just last year. The company says they intend on testing the model through Q2 of this year. “By testing disruptive aircraft configurations, Airbus is able to evaluate their potential as viable future products. Although there is no specific timeline for entry-into-service, this technological demonstrator could be instrumental in bringing about change in commercial aircraft architectures for an environmentally sustainable future for the aviation industry”, says Jean-Brice Dumont, executive VP of Engineering at Airbus.

Designer: Airbus

The International Design Excellence Awards 2020 are open for entries – Here are a look at last year’s winners

The International Design Excellence Awards are considered to be the most prestigious design accolade in the world. The year 2020 marks the 40th edition of the award program, conducted by the Industrial Designers Society of America. Originally conceived to reward industrial design, the award has blossomed into one of the biggest interdisciplinary design awards with a 4-decade long, illustrious legacy. IDEA winners include both exceptional design students and designers from world-class brands like Google, Samsung, Logitech, LG, and many more.

Currently in its 40th year, IDEA 2020 aims to recognize and reward exemplary products and services that encourage, inspire, and push the industry forward. Each year, the awards program sees some of the most eminent figures in the design industry come together to form the IDEA jury. This year’s panel will be led by Jonah Becker, IDSA, VP of Design at Fitbit.

The International Design Excellence Awards have gradually branched out to cover all industries and aspects of design, from Automotive Design to Medical Design, Furniture, Consumer Technology, Packaging Design, Branding, Design for Social Impact, and even Service Design. IDEA also commits to rewarding student work with its Student Design category, putting young designers on par with top industry leaders and design studios. IDEA winners receive the highly coveted, puzzle-shaped IDEA trophy on stage at the IDEA Ceremony & Gala, this year in Seattle, WA on Sept. 14 as part of the International Design Conference. The winning works also are permanently housed in the Henry Ford Museum, where they remain ever-present symbols of ingenuity and mastery of craft. IDEA-winning designs are published in the annual Yearbook of Design Excellence issue of INNOVATION magazine, on IDSA’s website and social media channels, and on popular design blogs and websites (much like ours!). Above all, IDEA winners go on to become some of the most talked-about and shared designs around the world.

Head down to look at some of the top designs that won IDEAs in 2019. You can submit your own work to IDEA 2020 by visiting their website below. Entries are open until March 16, 2020. Hurry!

Submit your Design project for the International Design Excellence Awards 2020: Last Date – March 16, 2020

01. Essentia by Genesis Design Center

Best described as one of the most cutting-edge automotive designs we’ve seen in a while, the Genesis Essentia concept is an all-electric high-performance concept car that embodies “Athletic Elegance”. The car comes with a spectacular windshield that goes all the way from the hood to the front, over to the top, and right to the back, giving the riders on the inside a pristine, panoramic view of their surroundings. The car even comes with a carbon-fiber monocoque that uses a diamond-like infill pattern on the inside to add strength without weight. Designed to dominate roads and hearts, this all-electric stallion could go from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds.

02. MX Vertical Mouse by Logitech

Arguably one of the most iconic ergonomic mice (mouses?) of our time, the Logitech MX Vertical’s design is inspired by the handshake. Designed to be as comfortable as gripping someone’s hand, the MX Vertical’s form tilts at a precise 57° angle that’s both comfortable to use as well as productivity-boosting, allowing you to work for hours without feeling any strain whatsoever.

03. Helm Personal Server by New Deal Design

This small custom-built server gives you autonomy over your data. Designed to sit within your own home, the Helm is a private server that connects to a user’s home or small-office network and sends, receives, and manages email, contacts, and calendars, and even photos. Designed by New Deal Design for Helm, the showpiece-worthy server looks nothing like a piece of tech, but is a powerful privacy-protecting tool. It takes a mere 3 minutes to set up, and even features a stackable design that lets you add more servers to the mix. Besides, it literally looks like a roof, echoing its message of security and privacy, and acting as a home for all your data.

04. Tetra Dishwasher by Frog Design for Heatworks

Meet Tetra… a dishwasher that looks more like an aquarium for your crockery! Its unique 3D printer-inspired aesthetic (and countertop-worthy size) makes the Tetra a truly delightful appliance that demystifies the process of washing your dishes. Just lift the clear hood, add your utensils in, close the hood, and get washing. In just 10 minutes, the Tetra can wash anything from dishes, to glassware, to baby bottles, to even food ingredients! Extra points for that beautiful water-inspired detail on the top of the clear hood!

05. EDGE Travel kit by Cho Yonghun, Lee Taekkyung, Park Chanhong

Combining a hairdryer and an iron into a single product is, in itself, an idea worthy of an award! The EDGE uses a single air-heating electrical component in two ways, allowing you to dry your hair as well as swiftly iron your clothes by simply switching attachments. How incredibly ingenious!

06. Zip-Top Reusable Containers by Rebecca Finell

Arguably the biggest food-storage innovation since Tupperware, the Zip-Top is a zip-lock bag made out of silicone. This simple but revolutionary material-swap makes it infinitely reusable, non-toxic, fridge-safe, dishwasher-safe, oven-safe, microwave-friendly, and that flat base lets you use the Zip-Top to store everything from snacks to soups. You could literally use the product to sous-vide food too… and here’s the cherry on the cake. The Zip-Tops with the circular base are size-optimized to fit right into the cup-holder in your car!

07. Coat+ by Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute

This regular jacket has an inner expansion mechanism for pregnant women! Realizing that fashion should be more accommodating for women in their maternity period, the designers decided to reinvent the coat so it fits women who are pregnant as well as even after pregnancy. It doesn’t make sense having to buy separate clothes just because you’re expecting a child, only to throw those clothes away after the child is born, right? Coat+ is a coat that women can wear all through their lives! An extra fabric attachment zips to the coat allowing you to expand it… when you don’t need the expandable attachment, you can wear it as a scarf!

08. Molded Pulp Packaging by BenQ

BenQ’s molded pulp packaging tackles multiple problems headfirst. Designed to house delicate appliances like BenQ’s projectors, the molded-pulp packaging does a significantly better job of protecting the items inside than most regular boxes. Made from non-composite molded pulp, the packaging is environmentally-friendly, easy to recycle, and utilizes waste rather than creating any.

09. Lava Me Pro Guitar by Lava Music

The Lava Me Pro guitar comes crafted in single piece, entirely out of carbon fiber. With a curved single-piece construction that goes from body to fretboard without breaking continuity, the Lava Me Pro is undoubtedly strong as well as lightweight. The carbon fiber construction also lends a very unique set of features to a guitar. Aside from making it practically unbreakable and possibly quadrupling its lifespan, it lends a unique timbre to the guitar. Carbon-fiber’s all-graphite construction brings a crystalline and detailed tone to the guitar while also allowing the instrument to have greater acoustic volume.

10. Microplastics Sensing Autonomous Underwater Vehicle by Draper and Sprout Studios

I’ve always maintained that drones should be designed to do what humans either should not do, like rescuing people or fighting fire, or cannot do, like scanning vast bodies of water for microplastic particles that are too small for the human eye to detect. When the Draper is deployed, it skims the top nine meters of the water where most microplastics are located. It then scans for microplastics, tests the water for specific types of particles, and ultimately relays GPS coordinates to its hub, which enables scientists to understand where they are originating from.

IDEA 2020 Trophy

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If Tesla designed houses, this is what they would look like

I am an all-time architecture content consumer and nothing fascinates me more than seeing concept homes designed for the future! While we imagine it to be all Jetsons and some Avatar, designer Ivan Venkov has created a concept home that makes me curious – is this what homes would look like if Elon Musk was in charge?

Venkov mentions that the original idea was for the modular aspect to only be included in the interior spaces, but the exterior sculptural look could also be shaped differently if desired – this means only the interior foundation and platform will remain as is. His aim was to make modular spaces more than just functional, Venkov wanted it to be striking without costing a fortune to execute. The aesthetic is based on pillars of modern, minimal and calming design while still catching your eye. I particularly love the wide glass stairs leading up to the house, it gives such an airy and spacious feeling especially because it is only one floor allowing the trees to tower over you and build the view.

The illustration by Venkov includes stock imagery and his original concept designs for details as well – like the Nebula lounger out on the porch and also the automobile parked up in the front. This concept home is a high-end prefabricated unit resting in a forest, but I imagine it can be assembled in other settings as well. I am sure this Tesla-esque abode will be built to be a smart home. Would you move into a home like this in 2040?

Designer: Ivan Venkov

Layer Design’s Joyn ride-sharing concept lets you choose between private and public transportation

The great thing about public transport is that it’s cheap and eco-friendly. The not-so-great thing about it is the word ‘public’. Unless you’re with company, transportation is all about keeping to oneself, whether it’s listening to music, browsing the internet, playing a game, working, or catching some crucial shut-eye. LAYER Design’s Joyn brings privacy to public transportation, more popularly known today as ‘ride-sharing’. Pulling inspiration from airplane-style seating (an area LAYER has worked extensively in before with Airbus), Joyn reimagines seating in an autonomous ridesharing vehicle by creating an intersection between a private and public riding experience.

By providing a private experience in a public ridesharing vehicle, Joyn alleviates “eco-guilt”, better described as the feeling of guilt as you book a single-passenger ride so as to get some privacy. With its unique S-shaped seating system, Joyn gives each rider a private cabin that they can either enjoy their solitude in, or socialize with a fellow-passenger by simply swinging a privacy-wing aside to have a face-to-face conversation with the person beside you… an alternation that LAYER terms as choosing between ‘bubble seating’ and ‘buddy seating’.

Each individual cabin within the Joyn is inspired by an airplane seat. The seats don’t recline, but rather, exude a sense of comfort and calm, thanks to the use of soft forms, calming pastel colors, and plush textile upholstery. The side of the cabin (facing outwards) is an interactive OLED smart-glass that provides rider-specific information about their commute. There’s even a two-part foldout table in front that’s great for keeping your belongings. The table folds out in two parts, one being a primary rest for laptop, or for food, while the other is a mat that you can either rest your phone on to charge it (via a built-in USB port), or prop it up to rest your tablet on at an angle so you can enjoy movies, get work done, or even have meetings and conference calls while commuting.

Designer: LAYER Design