This BMW E9 redesign embraces retro-futurism and and the soft visual appeal of Baymax!

I imagine looking at the BMW EV9 concept evokes an absolute opposite response to looking at the edgy Cybertruck or a Lamborghini. It utilizes curves through and through, in a bid to modernize and refamiliarize the classic E9’s design language, making it more friendly, contemporary, and pure… while still retaining an element of sportiness.

Designed by Abraham Chacko, the EV90 is a direct rebuttal of how major car companies approach modern car designs. Rising beltlines and shrunken DLOs (DayLight Openings) often make cars look sleeker, but end up creating a claustrophobic interior by really closing you into the cabin. The EV9’s response is to make a car that feels almost meditative, and comes with a larger DLO that allows more light to enter the interiors of the vehicle. Every element of the EV9 focuses on reinterpreting details and minimizing distraction without affecting the car’s performance. The beltline on the outside runs along the vehicle as a black line, and integrates the indicators on the front within it, creating two large L-shaped strips that are easily visible from the front as well as the sides. Just like its ancestor, the E9, the EV9 sports two spherical headlights on each side, and comes with the iconic BMW kidney grille. However, the grille plays the roll of a small, placeholder detail – considering the car is an electric-powered one. The minimalist, pure vibe on the outside gets carried to the inside too, with comfortable plush cushion seats, and a dashboard that’s reduced to two circular displays with no controls. Instead, an AI helps with the finetuning of all the features of the car, giving you the ability to completely focus on the road ahead and enjoy the driving experience.

Designer: Abraham Chacko

This 4 input smart remote control + set top box’s interface speaks with each other!

Long and sweet, short, and cute; curvy and elegant, thin, and broad – remote controls are available in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and designs. They usually come paired with a new set of television but are also sold standalone for their charm, convenience, and elegance. Not many remotes really fall in that category but we can spare a thought for Tech4Home’s expertise in the domain. Now the brand has commissioned Pedro Gomes Design to conceive a cutting-edge remote control that offers a state-of-the-art user experience. And boy isn’t what the latter has pulled off worth grabbing instantly?

Tech4Home supplies remote controls to major brands worldwide. Now the idea here is to design a remote control and set-top box that is tailored to overcome the challenges in the content-driven interface. The solution is aesthetically appealing and almost unique in its own way yet apt to meet the evolving needs of worldwide Smart TV providers. This longish remote control has an ergonomic design, soft and welcoming shape that fills within the hand. It features a touchpad, a joystick, and also accepts gestures and voice commands. The accompanied round STB features detailing LEDs around its face and touch control buttons on the top. While the microphone on the remote lets you control the TV via voice, the touchpad allows you to swipe through menus very smoothly. Keeping in line with the present-day aesthetics of having your devices react to your commands, the remote’s interactive LED’s reacts to your voice command, and the action of the voice command is replicated on the set-top box’s LED’s – after all, getting a response to our actions is a basic pillar of our everyday communication.

In addition to offering four discrete ways to interact with the Smart TV – touch, button, voice, and gestures – the wirelessly chargeable remote and STB come meticulously packed to make a mass appeal.

Designer: Pedro Gomes Design for Tech4Home

Tesla Monster Cybertruck Concept Looks Straight out of Damnation Alley

The Tesla Cybertruck already features a bonkers design that looks like something out of a 1980s science fiction movie. The angular, all-electric pickup truck has a pretty intimidating presence as shown in factory form, but it’s definitely more of an urban assault vehicle than something you could seriously take off-road. Now, thanks to a talented 3D illustrator, we have an idea of what a more rugged version of the Cybertruck might look like. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Tesla Monster Cybertruck…

This lifted Cybertruck concept was created by 3D modeler Shubbak3D to help promote their design services. It looks pretty amazing with that massively-raised suspension and riding on enormous off-road tires that look like they could make quick work of sand dunes. The design also features a custom-fitted metal roof rack that attaches to the Cybertruck’s bed, offering storage space for Overlanding equipment.

Click to the second picture in the Instagram post below for a view that shows off the truck’s backside:

Amazing work, Shubbak3D! I just want to know when we can buy one of these monster Cybertrucks so I can hit the trails or crush some cars with it.

[via TopSpeed]

This autonomous ambulance uses a drone to clear way in crowded cities!

When time is of the essence in event of a medical emergency, seconds also matter. Any delay in transporting a critical patient to the nearest medical facility can be fatal, that’s why an ambulance which can ensure timely transportation of the patient sans any delays can help save countless lives. More so in crowded cities where delays are imminent. The only way to eliminate, or at least diminish the probability of such delays comes in the form of an advanced ambulance which is built in a manner that ensures human life gets a second chance it deserves.

ERKA Autonomous Ambulance is designed keeping in mind the future of mobility in busy city streets plagued by traffic jams and a dearth of parking spots. The minds behind the concept design – Roman Ignatowski (transportation industrial designer) and Maja Bryniarska (engineer architect and industrial designer) – envision a self-driving ambulance that’s propelled by clean energy. The end goal is to have an autonomous emergency medical service that concentrates on the comfort and safety of the patients. The duo identified the current shortcomings in EMS vehicles, thereby designing a compact ambulance that evolves from a small-transport car into a professional vehicle with all the medical facilities.

ERKA is fitted with 90-degrees turning wheels which also act as signal indicators for pedestrians. This ensures maneuverability in tight spaces and lesser parking woes. For a smooth ride, the ambulance has a hydraulic suspension system and for easy accessibility, there is a ramp too. On the inside, there are display screens to keep a tab on the vital statistics of the patient who lies on a comfortable platform during the ride. For more flexibility, the autonomous ambulance has a solar panel roof with a drone that flies ahead and above the traffic to clear way for the ambulance faster. Roman and Maja have put a lot of thought into the dynamics of the design and with more improvements in the ideation, this concept could one day take shape in the real world.

Designer: Roman Ignatowski and Maja Bryniarska

This Striking Electric bike is crafted for pure adrenaline rush on open roads or race tracks

Ask any bike enthusiast and he’ll any day pick a futuristic-looking set of wheels for a ride on the open roads with the setting sun in the backdrop. This Tron-like electric bike with hints of stormtrooper helmet inspiration designed by EPTA Design evokes the resonant feeling, wherein you just want to zoom-in on the long road ahead and push the throttle for that adrenaline rush. Everything but the horizon fades away as you and your machine become one!

Ideated in 2014, the Space Frame electric motorcycle traverses one to the realms of a future where form and function are in perfect cohesion. The use of a lightweight yet structurally tough unibody metal frame that’s juxtaposed with the trimmed down aesthetics gives the ride its distinct character. The broad wheels with huge suspension units on both the wheels give a sense of assurance that one can reach hair-raising speeds, spurring to go even faster. The bike has a high center of gravity and a hunched forward driving position – perfect for a race circuit sprint to the finish line. Take the Space Frame electric bike for a drag race and it won’t disappoint either!

Overall the EPTA’s conceptualization is level-headed, giving the motorcycle flexibility to be a street-legal ride as well as something you would bet your money on for topping a speed record sprint in the Mojave desert. The elongated frame makes the Space Frame ideal for a balanced presence on the road both visually and dynamics wise. So, we have our vote going strong for this futuristic set of wheels, how about you?

Designer: EPTA

 

This space-rover was designed for manned missions on alien planets

Designed to explore the possibilities of extraterrestrial transportation and reconnaissance, the GURA® TERRA is a space-rover concept equipped to transport and sustain up to 6 crew members.

The GURA TERRA comes with a unique design that has an incredibly high ground-clearance and six wheels, mounted on flexible legs that provide a smooth ride on even the rockiest of terrain. To get its crew members from A to B, the GURA TERRA comes outfitted with the latest in navigation and imaging tech, including a sensor hub located on the top of the vehicle that observes everything, and special film-coated-glass panels on the front and sides that allow light to pass through into the cockpit filtering out any harmful rays. With a strategically placed entrance on the side, the GURA TERRA splits its internal cabin into a cockpit on the front, and a passenger-cabin at the back. The rover comes with its own “ASA” or Autonomous Self Awareness system which allows it to be aware of its positioning in 3D space, using external data collection from onboard sensors and satellite navigation – information that can help pilots when they’re operating the rover.

The rover operates using 6 individual high torque electro-motor systems located in each wheel. The wheels themselves are mounted on arms that allow you to control the rover’s ground clearance. Each individual arm can also rotate, raising and lowering the wheels when they come across uneven land, keeping the rover’s relative height maintained no matter the terrain. The rover even comes with anti-pneumatic wheels (airless tires) to minimize maintenance and mitigate any puncture risk.

Lastly, thanks to a modular architecture, maintenance and power-cell replacement are easy and safe. Drop-In structures allow entire body parts to be renewed and updated, and in the event of any malfunction or breakdown, vital life-support such as generators, air filters, and auxiliary power systems run on secondary power systems to ensure nominal function and crew-safety at all times.

Designer: Edon Guraziu

This Jaguar E-Type inspired sleek yacht featuring a glass-bottomed pool is redefining luxury!

The bigger the luxury yacht the better it is! This mantra holds true in all cases and is made evident by the exceptionally sleek and relatively long design of the Project 3073 by Feadship – a Dutch company that has been in the helm of yacht building for a long time with elitism in custom designs built from scratch, just like this one.

The brainchild of Feadship CEO Henk de Vries and the company’s design head Tanno Weeda, the 207-feet (63 meters) Project 3073 was initially designed for a client with the desire for a sleek and sporty megayacht. The result is a seriously elegant all-aluminum sports yacht with sleek lines exuding speed and length. This conceptual yacht exhibits an extended deck, inspired by the long bonnet of the Jaguar E-Type, and features a full-sized glass-bottomed pool right above the owner’s stateroom. It adds to the ambiance and allows light to penetrate right through its floor into the room below. The allure is further enhanced by the open connection between the bridge deck wheelhouse and the main deck saloon – a visionary idea, Feadship believes should see the light of day.

The powerful yacht doesn’t just endure resemblance to a sports car – it in fact can run like one – achieving speeds of around 30 knots using a novel propulsion system that deploys water jets instead of propellers. For a perspective, an ultra-efficient electric equivalent can race at 20+ knots. You can watch de Vries and Weeda discussing the development process behind a potential Feadship super sports megayacht in the video below. A sleek yacht that takes inspiration from luxury cars sounds worthy for an owner who already owns two Mangusta superyachts – something so unique and interesting that it redefines luxury yachts for this generation!

Designer: Feadship

Jaguar Consul is an autonomous coupe way ahead of its time

Jaguar is a brand synonym with style, masculinity and class that is definitive in the automotive realms. The luxury and performance combo of the Jaguar sports cars, the new F-Type in particular is exemplary. Taking design cues from 2020 F-Type, to shape the future of Jaguar sports cars that’ll be eco-conscious, the Jaguar Consul is a glimpse of things to come. Seasoned automotive designers Gregoire Mory and Hanchang Liu have pondered over the design of a Jaguar coupe thirty years down the line, and this is what it looks like.

Consul has the aerodynamic flowing lines, ever sharper than the current generation of Jaguar cars. In particular, the rear which flows from the front and seems to be stretched right up to the taillights. The rear end is so sharp you can virtually cut a slice with it! There is some semblance of the E-Type in the exterior design as well, and why not, it is one of the most iconic sets of wheels that Jaguar has envisioned. The autonomous coupe looks bold and intimidating up-front with sharply designed squinting LED headlights. From the sides, the car bears a very toned character with the wheel arches giving it a definitive road presence. Consul is made to go at high speeds with the encapsulated windshield design that gives the riders the sensation of whizzing through on the highway. To match the sporty look overall, there are gull-winged doors that open up to the back.

The interior of the Consul has an equally distinct setup with a four-person sitting configuration. Two at either side of one seating position which extends further back. The extreme left position is equipped with a steering wheel, just in case you feel the urge to drive the car. The fourth position is right where the dashboard would be, facing the other three passengers. All the sitting configurations have a laid-back setup for the ultimate comfort. The car design is quite practical and with a bit of more inputs could see daylight in the coming years.

Designers: Gregoire Mory and Hanchang Liu

The Nissan Dodgy looks like a pod-vehicle designed for terraformed Mars

Henry Ford famously said about his car “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” The car itself was a big shift from horse-pulled chariots that existed before, and it took a shift in thinking to achieve the cars we have today. Look at the Nissan Dodgy concept and it looks like the next paradigm shift in transportation.

The Nissan Dodgy by Burov Design resembles a car no doubt, in that it has space for a driver and runs on four wheels, but it visually looks nothing like the cars we see on the roads. For starters, it’s dominated by an unusual affinity for spherical forms. The car itself is spherical in shape, and even has spherical wheels that rotate in all directions, giving the car freedom to move in any direction without rotating. (Remember the Audi RSQ from the film I, Robot?)

The car’s spherical cabin provides ample space for one person, with a panoramic windscreen that stretches all the way to the top, and large glass panels on the doors that give the Dodgy’s driver increased visibility in almost all directions (perhaps because the car can move in multiple directions too). The dashboard features a standard steering wheel system, although a slight glimpse of it shows multiple icons on the wheel, suggesting that the steering is actually a circular display.

So where would one drive the Nissan Dodgy? Well, that isn’t entirely apparent right now, considering the car is just conceptual… but I do see it being the norm in a distant future where motors, batteries, and components can fit right into the underbelly of a vehicle, resulting in a smaller vehicle that’s less car-shaped and more pod-shaped. The overall circular design? That seems like an aesthetic flair… but something does make me think the pod would look better in a futuristic setup. Perhaps on a red planet?

Designer: Burov Design