The Honda also brings a unique vision of vehicle ownership in the future, borrowing aspects from condos and timeshares. Families will still own larger vehicles, but smaller second vehicles will be replaced with shares in a common vehicle; the shares in turn would be traded through a Honda database.
First thought: Hmm. Something happened to empty out the suburbs. Someone’s been reading The End of Oil and other books like it.
Mazda Motonari RX
Mazda R&D of
2007 Mazda Motonari RX ConceptEnlarge Photo
Sheetmetal is dead, and traffic accidents are a thing of the past, predicts the year-2057 info sheet for the Mazda. Driving the Motonari RX would be a spectator sport in itself, as the effectiveness of cornering is controlled by occupant positioning, and in appearance it’s similar to street luge.
First thought: This is all fine and dandy, but what if you’re claustrophobic? And will having a battle-bot like this be the next measure of sex appeal?
Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design of
Gorden Wagener, John Gill, Kevin Kang
2007 Mercedes-Benz Silverflow ConceptEnlarge Photo
The Silverflow is made entirely of micro-metallic particles that mold the car’s shape for the intended purpose; for instance, there’s a longer highway mode, a shortened city mode, and a side-by-side seating configuration. For storage, the car breaks itself down into a pool of material in a “semi-liquid state.”
First thought: A car of the future, and it looks like a car! No, wait, The Blob!
Bruce Campbell, Doug Wilson, Robert Bauer, Bryan Thompson, Rie Arroba, Jeremy Malick, Laurie Tait, Matt Wilson, Soichi Maruyama
2007 Nissan OneOne ConceptEnlarge Photo
The OneOne propels itself in an especially memorable way: it skates along, in a similar way as with rollerblades, with synthetic muscles on its ‘legs,’ then either lies down or stands up to function as a performance car or city car, respectively.
First thought: Triple lutz? Pretty please?
Calty Design Research
Edward Lee, Erwin Lui, Yo Hiruta, Kevin Hunter
2007 Toyota Biomobile Mecha ConceptEnlarge Photo