This project was sponsored by Volvo buses and it was a team execution in collaboration with Philipp Divitschek at Umeå Institute of Design. The project duration was 10 weeks.
The project was submitted in 2008 to the competition “Framtidens resande” sponsored by Arlanda Express (Company that operates the fast train from Arlanda Stockholm Airport and Stockholm city center). This project was awarded with the first place in such competition.
This project was focus on improving the travel experience of passengers while offering a safer vehicle during travel and in case of an accident a vehicle that decreases the chances getting injured and in the worst case scenario, a vehicle that is adequate for the rescue of passengers by the fire fighters department.
The user research with rescue forces was conduced at Sandö, Sweden
From the user research we identified many needs and situations that can prevent and help during the rescue from an accident and they could be implemented or improved though design solutions.
These ideas were captured in sketches and presented to the class.
Next, there were sketches done for form development. These sketches considered the first ideas generated from the user research and later were taken into mock ups and to show a new safety principle where the front and end of the buss can turn independently from the passengers cabin in order to increase the safety of all that compartment.
These concept was taken back to sketches for final refinement before executing a clay model of the final design.
The result, in the interior, is a much higher visibility for passengers and a flexible interior that allows bus owners to customize the bus’ interior by them selfes, so that they can offer a much tailored experience to their passengers, from the normal commuting of students during the week up to deluxe charters over the summer.
On the exterior, the bus has a front and back hinge that allows the passengers’ cabin to rotate independently from the ends of the bus. In case of accidents that typically would cause the bus to roll over, this mechanism would keep the passengers’ cabin in vertical position.
It would reduce the risk of injuries to passengers, decrease damage to the main cabin and finally it would keep a safe environment for the passengers to wait to be rescued if needed.
The exterior also has an increase accessibility for rescue teams to operate in case of a catastrophic accident.
The mobility concept has to main components, first the passengers’ cabin where the passengers and luggage is located and second, the power trains that are one front and one back unit that move the passengers’ cabin.
The power trains are operated from a remote driving center.
The power trains can operate all day long due to the easy and fast exchange of batteries. For these reason it is possible to employ this components in other task, for example the transportation of good’s containers during night.
This are studio photographies of the model used in the concept presentation.