Mercedes-Benz Aero Trailer Concept : Drastically Reducing Wind Resistance and Fuel Consumption of Semitrailer Tractors

Mercedes-Benz Aero Trailer is a design study from Mercedes-Benz to develop a new generation of aerodynamic trailer that features 18% less wind resistance and reduce fuel consumption by 5%. The objective of this design study is to show to the world that it is possible to further reduce the already low consumption and low CO2 emissions of state-of-the-art trucks.

Designer : Mercedes Benz

Mercedes-Benz Aero Trailer

Mercedes-Benz Aero Trailer


In collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Commercial Vehicle Design department, they have managed to apply the same principles used in Mercedes-Benz Actros to bring wind resistance level down to 12 to 15 percent lower. The new Mercedes-Benz Aero Trailer front airdam reduces the distance to the tractor unit, thus lowering the wind resistance by one percent. The other contribution comes from the side trim panels design which contributes to 8 percent improvement. The overall design of this trailer is slightly draw-in at the front and characterized by an opening at the rear, in this way, it steers the air in the direction of the striking rear diffuser. The diffuser has the shape of a parallelogram and links up with the underbody paneling. This improves the wind resistance by one to two percent. The rear end taper design improves wind resistance by further seven percent.

By lowering the wind resistance level, Mercedes-Benz Aero Trailer provides great reduction in fuel consumption to almost 5 percent in real-life road traffic. Although the wind resistance level has been reduced, the fundamental load compartment design remains intact, the dimension remains unaffected. The only limitation would be the fact the this truck’s length measurement go over current permissible limit by almost half a meter. Therefore, it’s important to propose changes in legislation to permit Mercedes-Benz Aero Trailer to travel on the road.

Mercedes-Benz Aero Trailer

Mercedes-Benz Aero Trailer




Futuristic Bionic Transportation for The Year 2030

The stylish Bionic concept car is simply a token of functional values and innovative natural aesthetics through its radical aerodynamic design. The car has been designed to change its shape as per requirement in different situations by implementing EAP-electro-active polymer layers, which is an optimized and advance automobile material. Moreover, it features advance in-wheel motor technology that allows the car to produce zero-emissions and a polycarbon roof with attached solar photovoltaic cells that gives an uninterrupted outside view aside from producing energy through sunlight. This ultra-compact car can house two persons and has been designed for the year 2030 considering as an excellent solution for the massive future crowd and positive environmental aspects.

bionic transportation concept

bionic transportation concept

bionic transportation concept

bionic transportation concept

bionic transportation concept

bionic transportation concept

bionic transportation concept

Designer : Vlad Icobet




The Compact And Lightweight 2012 Izh-1 Motorcycle Can Give Ultimate Futuristic Commuting

The 2010 Izh-1 Motorcycle incorporates a smooth and aerodynamic design with a compact and lightweight construction to make it a perfect ride for congested future streets. The design starts with a strong and massive front and smoothly finishes to a compact and lighter rear. This bike is envisioned to be crafted with innovative and lighter components to make the weight nearly half than that of conventional motorcycles. The concept features a 505 V-twin engine, 50% of which is made of highly reinforced and heat resistant plastic, generating 140 horse power. It is also designed with unique dual airbag for ultimate safety and keeps the bike straight and stable in case of front end collision.

The proximity regulating radar system is another unique feature of the bike that works together with the front facing in-built camera to program the bike to slow down when a car in front of the bike stops unexpectedly. The onboard computer can show warnings and necessary maintenance to be done through a 3D LCD screen. The bike also features a real time GPS navigation ability and an augmented reality technology to make driving even more interesting and convenient. Additionally, it can wirelessly control a mobile device with major OSs like iPhone, Blackberry, Windows, Symbian, Android, etc on the bike’s main display.

Designer : Igor Chak

2012 izh-1 motorcycle

2012 izh-1 motorcycle

2012 izh-1 motorcycle

Igor explanations about this futuristic motorcycle:

Power

The engine has built in wiring and circuitry. Having majority of wires and hoses being built in to the frame and engine reduces weight, damage to wires such as corrosion and decay. Having this feature will enable to have less faulty contacts and make diagnostics more precise. The engine has an automatic smart fuel-regulating system to get the best mpg. In addition to that there is a brush less 60kw electric motor that is built in the rear rim, with a small 2 speed gearbox. The power to the electric motor comes from a Lithium Sulfide Battery (Li2S) that is located at the rear of the engine. Note that Li2S batteries hold four times the energy of Lithium ion batteries. This hybrid combination should be giving out around 80mpg. A 6 speed clutch, with an available automatic transmission. All that power is stopped with powerfully but very precise magnetic brakes with a hydraulic back-up system. The bikes clutch, braking and throttle are all electronically controlled for more precise driving experience.

2012 izh-1 motorcycle

2012 izh-1 motorcycle

Safety

I have decided to create one. First, the front airbag, it takes about 50 % of the hit and keeps the back tire stable to the ground. In most cases, in a front end collision the bikes back almost works as a catapult that launches the rider forward. The front airbag also keeps the main airbag farther from the object. This gives the rider more space to be caught with an airbag. The main airbag has a unique design to it. The pointy arms catch the riders shoulders, blocking the body from moving forward. The skeleton fork design works as a crumple zone. Upon impact the forks lock forward to take the maximum hit at the correct angle. With this safety package the rider is more likely to survive and sustain a minimum damage to the body in an accident.

2012 izh-1 motorcycle

2012 izh-1 motorcycle

The radar/camera can detect an object as small as a bunny. The camera also has night vision capabilities. Every potential danger is displayed on the onboard 3D LCD. The object will be outlined on the LCD so the rider will know where the potential danger is. This is usually helpful during poor visibility. The handlebars will vibrate to warn the rider of a possible warning… car too close, blind spot, pedestrian, and etc The bike also has proximity side sensors to detect blind spots, the blind spot markers are located on the of the side mirrors. Other safety features include: advanced traction control that has a automatic ability to adjust to ice, water dirt oil; an accelerometer to let the headlights turn when you turn; stabilizer to avoid wobble and advanced ABS. Front intakes are not only for aesthetic purposes but are a major part of the construction. First they provide a steady flow of air to the radiator, secondary they work as aerodynamic stabilizers to the front when the bike is traveling at higher speed… Daylight running lights are also a standard feature.

2012 izh-1 motorcycle

Connectivity

In a modern world we need to stay connected 24/7. That is why this motorcycle has everything you need to stay connected to the world. The onboard computer regulates/adjusts everything to have a safe and comfortable journey. The way the main unit talks to you is via on board 3D LCD. The LCD displays warnings, maintenance that has to be done, diagnostics and etc. The bike has 3 modes: sport, comfort and manual.
One of the most interesting features is the bikes connection to the real world. Iz hs display uses an augmented reality technology. Augmented reality is translated through an HD camera build into the front with night vision capabilities. With this technology GPS navigation has been translated in real time. The navigation pass is overlaid into what the camera sees and displayed on the main display. This also makes it easier way to find commercial points of interest. Augmented reality also works as a safety features to outline potential hazards.

2012 izh-1 motorcycle

With the feature of connecting a mobile device with the bike, the rider will have an ability to answer a phone call without reaching into a pocket by pressing on a control scroll wheel located on the left handle bar. Answering phone callsis only feature that can be used while in motion, for safety reasons. When the bike is at a standstill the rider can take full advantage of their phone: SMS, web, video, apps and etc. Standard connectivity features full on GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and 4G.






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