1. EO smart connecting car 2
Highly flexible and modular robotic car
More and more people are drawn into the big cities of the world. Consequently, all of these cities have one challenge to face: Not enough parking space and very congested traffic, especially during rushhours. This becomes even more problematic when big cars are just used by single individuals.
Therefore, small, comfortable and safe cars are required and, in addition to that, the electric drive train provides possibilities to completely rethink what we know about individual transportation.
EO smart connecting car 2 is the result of consequent and ongoing research, development, and optimization of the EO smart connecting car concept.
Like its predecessor, it features
- normal driving
- driving diagonal
- turning on the spot
- even driving sideways
- and shrinking from ca. 2.6 m down to ca. 1.8 m
- while maintaining a comfortable seating position.
Big windows guarantee a good perception of the surrounding environment while an intuitive user interface provides easy access to all drive modes the robotic car has to offer.
Moreover, the car’s computer and its auto-navigation system provides extensive driver assistance functions. Autonomous parking, even within narrow and congested roads, is possible. Later, an autopilot will be able to drive the car without a single passenger intervention creating the driverless car.
2.Mercedes Vario Alkoven 1200
A small recap of the exterior dimensions should put things into better perspective. The RV measures 12 meters in length and is no less than 4 meters high, easily conquering the king of motorhomes title in the process.
Vario Alkoven is equally impressive in therms of luxury amenities featuring a (get this!) hydraulically extendable living room and bedroom as well as a completely functional kitchen. The tiled floor is of course heated while the bathroom houses a stone basin. The furniture is made of cherry veneer.
The platform donor is none other than Mercedes’ potent Antos truck, happy to put its sturdy chassis at the disposal of big families willing to spend just as big on their brand new RV. We can’t help thinking the ideal clients’ shoes would actually be filled by Formula 1 moguls or millionaire rock stars touring America from coast to coast.
Technology-wise, the Vario Alkoven 1200 boasts the latest gadgetry available in the industry. Nothing is spared, from 32-inch flat TVs to a washing machine and even a steam cooker. Security is insured by the state-of-the-art surveillance system complete with video camera for the access door and a generator with solar rechargeable 1.200 Ah batteries.
Long journeys are like a walk in the park for the monster Mercedes-Benz RV, capable of carrying no less than 500 liters of fresh water and 390 liters of diesel fuel. Oh, and don’t forget about the Mercedes-Benz SLK housed in on its back, always ready to leave its garage anytime you’d ask it to.
3. Volkswagen Doubleback VW Camper
The Volkswagen Doubleback VW Camper is truly a innovation in the mobile camping world. They took the popular VW Transporter van and decked it out to the max, creating a comfortable and surprisingly spacious camper.
Practical Motorhome in the UK got a hold of one of the early Doubleback models to review the camper a few years ago. Although the company that designed them has added and taken away a few things here and there, it is still a pretty cool thing to see.
The Doubleback now comes as a 2.0 or 2.3 liter diesel, with optional five person seating, a manual or automatic transmission, new furniture add-ons, and new layouts.
Volkswagen’s new camper is a bit pricey at 50,000 pounds, which is almost $79,000 USD. You could buy yourself and a neighbor a decent camper for that price here in the states.
4. Wild Fennec Prototype Defender
Were that a 0-60 time, even for a stout Land Rover Defender, it’d be a downright pathetic one.
But in this instance, 43 seconds refers not to the amount of a time it takes a custom Rover to accelerate, but rather the amount of time it take for it to turn into your accommodations for the night.
Designed by a French couple who fell in love with life on the road, the Wild Fennec Land Rover can transform from all-terrain vehicle to go-anywhere living space in three-quarters of a minute.
Equipped with a mini kitchenette, hot shower, basic bathroom and comfy sleeping area, the custom Defender can help its owner explore the backcountry, tailgate like a champ or live down by the river.
5. BMW Letrons(Real Life Transformer)
Turkish technology and R&D Company Letrons has made the Transformers a reality. Inspired from Michael Bay’s movie franchise Transformers, Letrons has built a full-scale, drivable BMW Transformer. This BMW can be remotely operated and is also capable of doing neck and head movements. The BMW Transformer has dynamic hydraulic controls and can do arm and hand movements; and to top it all has a cool dynamic lighting system.
Letrons is based in Ankara, Turkey and their parent company Letvision who was a startup and R&D company, that has been supported and awarded by the Ministry of Industry and KOSGEB as a registered successful R & D company.
6. The Hum Rider: The car that drives over the top of traffic
Ever dreamed of eliminating the gridlock of cars in front of you at the press of a button? So has the crew at Verizon, who has engineered a traffic-eliminating vehicle that has driver’s imaginations racing.
The company is flaunting a video of The Hum Rider, a fanciful car that raises above traffic height with the help of hefty hydraulic legs.
“Can your car do this?” the video jibes as it displays the Hum Rider rearing up on its legs and driving literally over the traffic in front of it.
It concludes by revealing the car to not be in commercial production, and goes on to spruik Hum by Verizon – a device that plugs in to your car’s diagnostic port, offering services such as roadside assistance, vehicle diagnostics and speed alerts, according to its website.
The creative drive of the project is courtesy of content marketing firm Thinkmodo, who hopes for a viral spiral of its video as it has achieved in the past, according to USA Today.
The firm reportedly contracted a mechanical engineer to create the purpose-built project that took roughly eight weeks.
While it took an advertising company to realise the concept, the vehicle tweaks the imagination and hints at the potential of technology to overcome urban vices such as traffic jams.
7. Aero Mobil(Flying Car)
Slovakia-based AeroMobil displayed what it claims is the production model of its Flying Car, and started taking pre-orders for an initial 500-unit run ahead of anticipated full production.
With the curves and presence of a supercar, the AeroMobil should fit in a large car parking space. You can drive it at up to 160 km/h (99 mph) on the road, then pull in to an airport and convert it to a plane at the touch of a button.
The conversion process takes less than three minutes, during which the wings fold out, the driven front wheels tuck themselves into the chassis, and a variable pitch pusher prop folds out at the rear. Some 300-odd horsepower from a custom 2.0-liter turbo engine is switched between the front wheels and the pusher prop through a bespoke transmission.
AeroMobil rates the machine as having a 700-km (435-mi) range on the ground, or about a 750 km (466-mi) cruise range when airborne, on a 90-liter (23.8 gal) tank of 95 RON fuel. Airborne cruise speed is rated at 259 km/h (161 mph), and it’ll safely carry a maximum load of 240 kg (529 lb), enough for two average adults and luggage.
This is not the machine that’ll take the average chump’s commute into the third dimension. Apart from the eye-watering price tag, it’s every bit an airplane, so you’ll need a pilot’s license and a bunch of hours under your belt to fly it.