This animal-shaped autonomous racing bike of the future fears no G-forces!

If you also believe in the future of autonomous driving, then taking humans out of the equation has many benefits. First of all it much safer (Romain Grosjean’s crash in last season’s F1 Bahrain GP is a shocking example), the aerodynamics of the vehicle are much better (the drag created by the rider in case of bikes is eliminated), and the possibility of reaching break-neck speeds that cannot be humanly possible to achieve due to the limitation of human body’s endurance for g-forces. The sport of professional racing is even more dangerous in the case of bikes. Reason enough to give autonomous bike racing a well-needed boost.

The Armadillo by Christian Grajewski is a motorcycle concept that’s envisioned in the Moto Ai X Championship – sometime in the future – for high octane racing to thrill the online fans or crowds at the autodromes. The idea’s uniqueness culminated from the fact that the designer imagines the bike to be the character with an arm, legs, body, and head. To be fair, it indeed looks like some creature, ready to wake from its slumber – boiling to chase down any prey on its two wheels. Since the ride is fully autonomous, the seating position has been done away with – giving it a definitive creature-like shape. It’s more like a swan ( I guess the designer imagines it as an Armadillo) on two wheels, one wheel is bigger than the other for optimized front wheel grip on the road, especially while taking those chicanes.

Tires of the Armadillo are heavy treaded indicating, the motorbike is made for dirt tracks as well. The swingarm of the bike also indicates high-speed racing character, as it is quite thick and reinforced. Along with these unique elements, the ride looks made for the future-ready era of racing to excite the fans with unbelievable maneuvers – on and off the track!

Designer: Christian Grajewski

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These autonomous pods are re-imagining safe public-transit by making local trams and buses smaller

Although this sense of paranoia is fairly recent, the thought of stepping into an overcrowded bus or subway should probably strike fear and panic in most of us. Imagining “Public Transport” without the word “Public” can be difficult. How do you create a mass transit system that’s bespoke, and that doesn’t involve multiple people in close proximity? And moreover, how do you manage this system while ensuring it’s beneficial to the public and safe for cities?

Those are some really tough questions, and NewDealDesign seems intent on looking for the answers. Having worked on a whole slew of smart-mobility projects, including the recently debuted ‘Serve’, an autonomous delivery robot for Postmates, the San Francisco-based company carried their wealth of research and experience into Rolla – the future of city-based mass-transit.

Rolla takes mass-transit and personalizes/isolates it. Think of something on the lines of individual ski-lifts, or cable-cars traveling on the same network… minus the cables. Designed as a cabin that moves, the Rolla is an entire network of human-sized, human-friendly pods that you can step in and step out of (another relevant example that comes to mind is that of an elevator). The Rolla has the ability to work on fixed routes like a public bus, allowing you to hail one and step in, as well as on personal routes, letting you summon a Rolla on an app. Designed for relatively short journeys, the pod allows you to stand within it as it travels to your stop.

What the Rolla gets right is its simplicity and intuitiveness. It’s a culmination and combination of familiar experiences that let you easily trust it without ‘fearing the underlying tech’. The pod feels a lot like a bus or subway, allowing you to stand within it and grab onto a handrail, while the app for bespoke journeys works quite like a cab-hailing application. The pod’s relatively open too, sort of like a tram, enabling you to hop on and hop off in a heartbeat as it autonomously travels through the city’s networks. This small size and open format not only makes the Rolla friendly and unassuming, it also makes it easy to disinfect between journeys as the pod travels through a sanitation-station between multiple trips, cleaning itself for the next passenger.

Its open and welcoming design is reinforced by an immersive and memorable experience. The almost SIM-card shape of the Rolla is instantly iconic, with expressive LED headlights on the front indicating the pod’s intent as it autonomously drives. The inside of the Rolla, however, is designed to be dynamic, with light-piping that gives the vehicle a designated color – yellow for public transport, purple for private transport, and blue for fixed private routes like within a campus. The interiors are outfitted with displays too, that tell you the route and time, welcome individual riders, and show your progress on a map for clarity.

While Rolla currently exists only as a concept, it provides a neat framework for how cities can adapt to the pandemic by providing public transit in a manner that’s safe. The individual pods can easily be deployed on a city’s roads with no additional infrastructure like stations or rails. They run on electric energy, and something as simple as solar panels could ensure that the vehicles run for longer on sustainable energy. They can operate on pre-designated bus routes too, reducing the need to plan out new routes, and given how easy it is to roll out new Rollas, the entire system of autonomous pods can easily be upgraded as cities expand!

Designer: NewDealDesign

This Audi Neo-Bauhaus carries your bicycle to save you from the traffic congestion of the future!

Personal automobiles are increasing on the roads, and the number will not have a downward curve any time soon. The engines are getting more powerful and advanced automotive technology bringing the most desired hair-raising performance. But all that innovation won’t get you through a traffic-induced city street – meaning you won’t be reaching your destination any faster even though you might have a supercar. Shortly, the flexibility in mobility is what’s going to keep the wheels alive – the option to drive a car when the roads are not that congested, and when you hit the busy part of the city heart, you can switch to the good old bicycle or your skateboard.

With this vision in mind, designer Simon Grytten has jotted down the concept of a future autonomous Audi concept that can carry a bicycle on its rear for the apt times. Just park your car and unload the bike to continue your journey, reaching the destination on time in an eco-friendly manner that’s healthy for you. As the ideation itself says, “do less with more,” the core purpose here is to focus on the user and judicious use of the available space – remember there’s a bike to be carried as well! That’s where Simon gets creative with his idea of the engine that’s so advanced it is placed in the wheels itself. Quite future-forward, it has to be said!

The panoramic glass windows extending from the front windshield to the rear want the rider to feel the ambient space outside, but it could get darn hot inside in summers. Going with the car’s futuristic theme, the interiors are clad in digital panels on the dashboard and plug-n-play Bang & Olufsen speakers that come alive with the ambient lighting actuated by the music tones. There is space to store cargo under the hood, and the rear also has enough space to haul oversized cargo. The concept has a very sublime balance of practicality, a future-forward approach, and excellent use of space. Only if the advanced engine propulsion on this one actually becomes a reality someday – this concept Audi will make waves for sure!

Designer: Simon Grytten