With the world tries to reopen, Island is a double-decker driverless tram concept proposal for the city of Hong Kong in post Covid era. This futuristic design concept combines transportation design, industrial design, public design, sustainability, and urban mobility. Island project includes everything, from the tram exterior and interior, also the tram stop station. Due to coronavirus pandemic, people avoid crowded public transports, they prefer to use private transportation. Through this project, we want to ask you to reimagine what public transport should look like post-Covid era from a prevention perspective. It’s really important to maintain our distance between other people especially in a public transportation, in a dense populated city Hong Kong. Why tram? Well, tram has become the city’s landmarks, the tramways will celebrate its 115th anniversary this year.
The idea of social distancing is limiting your freedom to move and interact with others. It can be challenging yet inspire new concept for creative minds. The name Island represents the interiors where there are large circular benches to facilitate social distancing, passengers sit facing outwards in a radial pattern. The exterior design was inspired by Hong Kong urban landscape, it features vast surfaces of glass with rounded-corner buildings. This tram takes advantage of natural lights during the day through that large curved windows and a domed top, while at night, these windows provide awesome views from the city lights. Thanks to driverless technology, it is possible to optimize the interior space of this tram, managing travel times are easier without sacrificing onboard safety.
Ponti Design Studio explains Island Double-Decker Driverless Tram has a retractable connector for rapid charging at tram stops. There are large vertical LEDs on both front sides for good visibility in all weather conditions. The interior features contrasts colors, charcoal black walls, wooden floors, soft circular seating, and trims with natural finish to create warm and friendly environment. The simple tram stop station structure has sleek, essential lines. It opens on both sides to allow for a linear, orderly flow of people and healthier environment.
There are graphics that would guide passengers from boarding to payment process using Octopus card, before boarding. The process would streamline the boarding procedure and optimize any available space inside. Island Tram project offers forward-thinking spirit of Hong Kong, it’s a new concept of public transport that practices social distancing between passengers. Instead of dividing and separating, this public transportation concept provides seamless, integrated and effective design approach.
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