MONOCAB OWL / MOBILITY ON DEMAND FOR URBAN AREAS
KEYWORDS: DIGITAL FABRICATION; MOBILITY
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As part of the Design Team, I am responsible for designing, developing, and fabricating the vehicle’s outer shell.
Official website: monocab-owl.de
Comprehensive Design Concept
MonoCab OWL is a futuristic mobility concept integrating new and sustainable materials and composites with digital fabrication technologies. With a comprehensive user interaction and experience, the MonoCab represents a new way of public transportation, which is more adaptable to personal needs, simpler, more individualized, intuitive, and, above all, more accessible to everyone.
The concept of the MonoCab appears in manifold ways: simple and complex, futuristic and sophisticated, dynamic and elegant. The vehicle is a self-propelled, gyroscope-stabilized, and autonomous driving monorail vehicle powered by electric motors. The cabins travel in both directions on one rail (one rail for each direction), like a paternoster. The first demonstrators will be tested in 2022.
The MonoCab team sets a strong focus on alternative materials and production methods. The cabin of the vehicle is made of natural fiber composites (NFC). In addition to cork, which is used in the outer shell as a stabilizer and damper, sustainable materials such as wood, recycled plastics, cellulose, and natural textiles represent smart, modern, and warm interior furnishings.
Shy but intuitive: UI and UX
The interior as well as the communication of the MonoCab can be adapted to the individual needs of its passengers via a specific user interaction design. Thus, numerous configurations of a MonoCab are possible for accommodating wheelchairs, bicycles (also cargo bikes), luggage, or even freight. The communication with the vehicle in terms of displays, lighting, and audio, can be customized, too. Information is conveyed according to the Universal Design 2-senses principle and at the same time, it follows the idea of Shy Technology.
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