30th Jun, 2022

Coventry researchers design pandemic-proof car of the future

SAY hello to the pandemic-proof car of tomorrow as imagined by Coventry University transport design researchers.

You can summon it by phone, create your own personal space inside and even check its cleanliness via a special display panel before you enter.

Doors are touch free and open automatically for the passenger to take a seat in the clean interior and inside it is all kept clean through regular UV light treatment between journeys.

And in order to comply with rules on social distancing the interior provides passengers with their own personal space, even when in a shared vehicle. This is achieved via folding and sliding panels inspired by Shoji screens in Japanese homes.

The futuristic design is the brainchild of Paul Herriotts, Professor of Transport Design at the National Transport Design Centre (NTDC) and the in-house design team at Coventry University.

Professor Herriotts, a leading UK expert in transport design, said: “It’s only very recently that the future of transport seemed to be moving from personal transport to shared mobility, whether delivered by a scooter or cycle scheme or more futuristically by autonomous pods providing an on-demand service.

“But the world is now in a very different place and what recently seemed an appealing vision of the future now seems less attractive with our COVID-19 awareness.”

You can watch a video about the new design here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LaviW5Gg-4&feature=youtu.be


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