Ants Inspire Rapid Emergency Response Vehicle

Ants Inspire Rapid Emergency Response Vehicle
Design & Architecture

To address the increasing number of national disasters occurring around the world, designer Bryan Lee has created the A.N.T.

Claudia Cukrov
  • 16 september 2010

To address the increasing number of national disasters occurring around the world, designer Bryan Lee has created a high-speed, adaptable aid vehicle to improve emergency response in affected areas. Taking design cues from both the physical and psychological aspects of ants – which are quick, agile and can carry between ten to fifty times their own body weight; A.N.T’s body contains six individually-powered wheels, providing a stable ride no matter the terrain. The vehicle’s innovative suspension also allows the body to be raised or lowered to combat wind resistance or unpredictable terrain.

‘Rapid Mode’ is achieved without haul containers, the ‘head’ of the vehicle rotated downwards to center its gravity, adjusting for ultimate speed and maneuverability.  ‘Transport Mode’ adds cargo-carrying containers to the body of the vehicle, providing quick-response supplies to suffering areas.  ‘Aid Necessities Transporter’ can also accommodate specially-designed housing units, which once unloaded can expand to create medical centers, shelter for disaster victims and food-distribution centers.  Holding power and clean-water generators, each unit comes pre-packed with supplies to provide immediate emergency response.

On his design the Melbourne-based designer explains;

The A.N.T runs on a unique system especially designed for a more rapid response in transporting supplies. In its transport mode, the A.N.T will carry slightly less supplies than current conventional trucks but thus allowing it to travel faster and tackle harsher terrain. Travelling in groups, the A.N.T will leave the headquarters and head towards the disaster stricken area. At arrival, the vehicle will efficiently deploy the supply unit. Once deployed, the A.N.T will then rotate its front 90 degrees downwards, transforming into its Rapid mode. In this mode, the vehicle will then quickly travel back to headquarters ready to load up another supply unit. In addition, the deployed supply unit at the destination will expand, creating an instant temporary housing for medical shelters, distribution points or shelter for people in need.

Bryan Lee

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