The Future of Vehicle Design

The post on the Oblivion Bubbleship got me thinking about the direction of future vehicle design. Are helicopters in 10/20 years going to look like the Bubbleship? What are the cars of the future going to look like? Many questions that cannot be answered, but predicted at best. We can predict the future of vehicles by looking at concept cars, as they show the general direction in which manufacturers are heading. A lot of ideas for future vehicle design can be based off movie vehicles, or futuristic renders done by people such as Daniel Simon who thought up the Bubbleship in Oblivion and the vehicles in Tron.

Looking at movie vehicles such as the Bubbleship in Oblivion and the Scorpion Gunship in Avatar make me think what the future of helicopter design would look like. If helicopters in the future took inspiration from the Bubbleship and used ‘atmospheric flight drive systems’, which are the side pods that elevate the helicopter, the future of helicopters look very bright.

Daniel Simon / Bubbleship design for Oblivion

The Bubbleship uses an ‘Atmospheric Flight Drive System’

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The Scorpion Gunship in Avatar

If cars of the future were based on some of the concept cars of today, cars of the future would look really cool. Looking at some concept cars like the BMW Gina being made out of Fabric makes you think what type of materials future vehicles might be made out of. The problem with today’s concept cars is that they look really cool, but most of the cool details which sets it apart from standard cars are always toned down for production or all together scrapped. There needs to be a breakthrough manufacturer who makes a car that is exactly like the concept car.

For Example, the Renault Zoe Concept. The intentions of Renault for the concept and production were completely different. The concept was a coupe like elegant vehicle, when the production vehicle got toned down so much it turned into a little city car.

Renault Zoe Concept

Renault Zoe Concept

Renault Zoe Concept

Renault Zoe Concept Model

Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe Production Model

Renault Zoe

Renault Zoe Production Model

A good example of a concept being a good production vehicle is the BMW i3. The concept car was really cool, with a large glass green house, with a massive side DLO, and the production version looked as cool as the concept. They changed the side DLO a little but to me I think they changed it for the better.

BMW i3

BMW i3 Concept

BMW i3

BMW i3 Concept

BMW i3

BMW i3 Production Version

BMW i3

BMW i3 Production Version

If companies like BMW kept the production vehicles looking as good as the concept, then we would be a lot further along in making more futuristic cars. Companies like Renault who change the design of the Zoe concept that much need to stop and go with the concept design. In all honesty though, I prefer the production Renault Zoe to the concept Renault Zoe so in this cases its alright.. but not alright.. if you see what I mean. If BMW shows the rest of the field how its done, then the future of automotive design looks bright.

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