Architecture firm Oiio created the Oto-concept. A bubble looking vehicle that can move not only horizontally, but also vertically. Previously, only the elevator could move us vertically; something that costs a lot of energy for a relatively short distance.
What does this signal show us? The Oto concept was made for the Automobility Designer/ Developer Challenge 2017. The challenge was to develop the future vehicle for the predicted overpopulated city. The idea behind the Oto concept was to develop a transparent pod, which consists of three separate parts that are interchangeable between citizens. In this way the disadvantage of the current private-owned car is solved; using too many resources for too little effect.
What does the future of this vehicle look like? Oiio visualizes:
“But it is possible that in the future LA people would be able to own only the Cabin and, through AI centrally controlled circulation, they could create a temporary assembly-unit, an ephemeral design, which would serve their “exact” needs on demand. Los Angeles would then be able to invite its people and visitors to streets liberated from the old overflow of vehicles and ready to accommodate their “exact” needs, no more, no less” (Oiio, 2017).
The goal is to make the crowded traffic in the city disappear so that the city of the future becomes more user-friendly for the residents themselves. More space to live in cities that are increasingly becoming megacities.
My question is: does the future resident require more living space? What do you think?
- Howarth, D., & Dezeen. (2017, 19 december). Oiio envisions cars as transparent pods that move both horizontally and vertically. Geraadpleegd op 19 januari 2018, van https://www.dezeen.com/2017/12/19/oiio-oto-transport-concept-transparent-pods-move-horizontally-vertically-los-angeles-auto-show/?li_source=LI&li_medium=rhs_block_1
- OIIO. (2017). Oto. Geraadpleegd op 19 januari 2018, van http://www.oiiostudio.com/#/oto/