Design Concept of the Day: Prague Visitor Concept; plus midweek newsbriefs

October 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

The winners of the Dassault Systems ‘Taxi Prague’ competition – a contest for young designers to create an eco-friendly future taxi for the Czech city – have been announced. Top prize has gone to Diego Garcia’s Visitor Concept (pictured). More details, pictures at Car Body Design.

Meanwhile in the UK, students on the Vehicle Design MA course at the Royal College of Art are creating designs to preview the RAC Future Car Challenge of 2021. This year’s Future Car Challenge – a showcase for prototypes and new technology – sets off on the 60-mile Brighton-London run on 5th November; the art show will open on Monday 31st October (private view) and then remain on display at the RCA till the end of November.

  • Autonomous on-demand transport ‘pods’ have been launched at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 – video at the BBC.
  • Alleged ‘leaked’ pictures of the Toyota Aqua (Prius C, the Leaf-sized small hatch) at Carscoop. They look reasonably convincing (and indeed, Corolla-like).
  • Hertz is adding the Ford Transit Connect Electric onto its On Demand fleets in the US (Autoblog Green). Just a handful to start with, but plans for bigger numbers…
  • Three public  EV fast-chargers have been installed around the Montafon Valley, Austria, as part of the country’s first fast-charging network and one of Europe’s biggest electromobility projects (Green Car Congress).
  • They’re going to dig up the Arctic, now: a new centre has been established “to help to ensure that projects to recover petroleum from this ecologically fragile region are carried out in a sustainable manner”, apparently. About a fifth of the world’s as-yet undiscovered petroleum resources is thought to be up there; the Norwegian-led Sustainable Marine and Coastal Technology Centre is going to help Statoil, Shell and various Norwegian industry players get it out (alphagalileo). Drill, baby, drill.
  • Yet more news from the Fraunhofer Institutes (see yesterday). A new project’s kicking off called eMobility together: Vehicles, Data and Infrastructure. This aims to develop solutions such as cordless induction EV charging, networked ‘cloud’ communication for mobility services and systems to aid car-sharing. More at alphagalileo.
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