Antonio Serrano, an industrial designer, has come up with T Bike, a minimalist and simple bike for third world cities such as Mexico City. It’s a sturdy bike that can handle rough terrains or poor infrastructures which are usually found in third world countries. The rear suspension design was inspired by cross motorcycles, it provides a great response and comfort ride in any terrain. The frame is constructed of high-strength aluminum, making this bike lightweight, and durable. The main focus here is to ensure this concept bike is easy and cheap to mass produce, making it affordable for many people.
In 2014, you’ll be able to enjoy riding Smart eScooter because according to Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing of Mercedes-Benz Cars, this electric vehicle will be ready. This transportation is part of Smart mobility concept for urban mobility in the future, you probably already heard about Smart fortwo and Smart ebike back in 2010. At that time those vehicles were just concept, but thankfully this automotive company is now consistently turning those concepts to reality. You can get smart fortwo electric drive in summer 2012 and soon Smart ebike.
Smart eScooter is currently at the stage of being developed and refined further, the final product will have stylish design with many innovative features and genuinely smart. All vehicle series from Smart are zero-emission vehicles that provide fun electric travel, they answer the need of individual urban mobility.
Andreas Blazunaj has finished his studies in Industrial Design with the focus on Transportation Design at HBK-Braunschweig, Volkswagen Aerrow was his diploma project. You can read his explanations below about this futuristic one-person vehicle.
My goal is to illustrate the advantages of the ultra light construction and the monocoque- cabin- construction regarding its usage in daily life. Hence an alternative to the common automobile is offered. Today, our vehicles strike out due to over motorizing. The thought to construct a vehicle that only profits from both its aerodynamic and optimized form are not followed thorough. The vehicles tend to be wider and heavier, more potent motors are produced. The transport volume of the vehicle is not used fully in any way; the mass product automobile transfers into an holdup-object.
If one thinks about the fact that the roads are filled with a vast amount of vehicles which only use a quarter of their transportation capacity, it is realized that this is inefficient, especially in terms of the relation between usage and efficiency per person. Wide huge vehicles more often stand than are ridden and at the same time use a lot of space on our streets.
Designer : Andreas Blazunaj
The following result of my diploma paper is a one-person-vehicle that unites all possibilities to create a new and more efficient way of driving, inspired by iconic forms and shapes like the VW 1l car, F-22 jet, NSU BAUMM and Wally Yacht. An important point to increase the aerodynamic efficiency was the choice of a motorbike-cladding. It not only loses the heavy riding suit but also minimizes the air turbulences. Another advantage of the single track vehicle is that the friction forces are minimized due to having two wheels and a smaller vehicle width. The Volkswagen Aerrow is powered by a small TDI-Hybridmotor. Electric gyroscopes are installed to balance the automobile in situations in which it stands, e.g. at a traffic light, and prevent it from falling over. Moreover, those gyroscopes are connected with the KERS and supply them permanently with the needed energy. It is assumed that the consumption could be reduced compared to the motor + KERS which is more economic. To fully use its power, the one-person-vehicle has an all-wheel-drive (2WD) and a 2-wheel steer (2WS). The gliding through curves, handling as well as agility profits from this.
In combination with an ultra light CFK-Chassis could this vehicle start a new dimension of motion, only through form, reduction, and efficiency.