OU: A Flexible Tron-Like Mobility Concept
2:1 Industrial Design team proposes urban mobility solution inspired by fish shoals.
The concept OU (Portuguese for “or”) addresses some of the most complex problems found on the huge streets in urban centers: accidents, traffic jams and pollution. Running both on and off-rails, this solution would require minimum adaptation in existing roadway infrastructure.
The goal of the 2:1 Industrial Design team, a company based in Florianópolis (Brazil), was to bring sustainability and space conservation principles to individual transportation, allowing for a level of flexibility that could not be matched by collective vehicles such as buses or trains.
What is unique about these electric Tron-like vehicles is the inspiration they get from nature (aka – Biomimicry): units with the same pathways or destinations programmed on their GPSs sync together like fish shoals, maintaining a controlled distance between each vehicle and avoiding the formation of traffic jams.
The OU is part of the Michelin Challenge DesignTM Showcase, a challenge to designers around the world to create and display work aimed at innovation in vehicle design.
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