The 2009 Michelin Challenge Design
The 2009 Michelin Challenge Design’s aim is to showcase innovative, futuristic vehicle designs that otherwise would not get the chance to be displayed at one of the larger, mainstream auto shows. More than 200 vehicle designs from 48 countries were submitted and were judged by a panel of experts in accordance to the designs’ uniqueness, their emotional appeal, design courage and the developmental potential of the concept. The central them: “BRAVE+BOLD - America's Next Iconic Vehicle.”
The Metro Cell Vehicle (MCV) in its cellular-mobile stack
Enter Eric Beak's “Metro Cell Vehicle”, the future of inner-city transportation. The concept bases itself on being a semi-private vehicle system, dubbed PDD (pickup-drive-drop) and works on the basis of the driver finding a ‘cellular-mobile stack’, picking up a vehicle and driving it. Once the driver has reached his or her destination the vehicle is simply dropped off without any further transferring done by the person’s self, much like with a shopping cart in a supermarket, which also gets deposited at the nearest stack. The idea is that the system allows the user to drive the vehicle, but maintenance and control ultimately lie with the city itself.
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