Thursday, 15 September 2011

Lines of Light on Wheels of Speed

Devour if you will this escape from urbanization, the XSCAPE is from a time and place unknown to us as of yet, a concept car for 2030. Daily commuting is what this lady is for, flexible and narrow for the condensed spaces of the future. Flexible materials are mixed with solids for a safe ride and trip – this car can also extend horizontally to accommodate more than one rider.
The extension mechanism is integrated into the chassis and the pillar which runs along the roof all the way along until the rear. At the back, a concertina of extended lights and a cluster-like hatch that opens to provide flexible luggage space as well. Each wheel is light and highly fuel efficient, a light stripe runs along each to show the width. Sensors and cameras are installed along the wheels to be viewed from within the car.
Designer: Shengjie Wang

Inside you’ll find minimal interface between the occupants and the vehicle. Each mechanism is hidden under spandex-like materials allowing for max movement and flexibility while remaining simple aesthetically as possible. Controls appear and disappear just as easily. Each of the following are retractable so that the driver might enter/exit the vehicle: pedals, dashboard, and steering wheel.
The model you’ll see in the first image is milled out of a high-density yellow foam on a 3 axis CNC machine. The DLO is made of a sheet of 2mm Perspex on a vacuum forming machine, and small parts were made using a rapid prototyping machine. Fantastic!
Animation for the Presentation Video: Direction, audio editing, animation, rendering and video editing by Ivan Ladović.




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