Future concept train design trends (II): functional segmentation
In the last issue matt said that the future concept of train design trends are divided into four points, these four points are. ① subvert the traditional cognition ② functional subdivision ③ high luxury interior ④ more future technology sense Before mentioned about the future subversion of traditional cognition of some concept train design cases, what are the most impressive to everyone? matt each very much like it. So today by matt to talk about the future concept of train design trends of the second point: functional segmentation. matt June think in the future life, for different industries and different scenarios or travel status, more and more for different types of train concept design is also becoming more and more diverse. Such as we are familiar with the logistics class, medical class, tourism class, etc.. Many designers are making functional subdivision of train design for future concept trains for their own countries or cities. The purpose is to enable people to experience a better and more comfortable riding environment and traffic commuting. What exactly is it, the following and matt go to see it.

Tao Li

1."Special function" medical ambulance

In a road/highway accident, more than a dozen cars are blocked between the ambulance and the accident scene. So, how does an ambulance get to the accident scene the fastest? So far, the only solution is to drive in the opposite lane to reach a specific location.
For this reason, a group of Korean designers designed the medium-sized AMB, a special type of ambulance that can reach the accident scene directly without being affected by the traffic congestion caused by the accident. In which the AMB is located in the road divider/median and travels almost like a monorail on the highway. And this AMB design won the Red Dot Design Award for concept.
It has sliding doors on both sides to provide seating for the driver and assistant, and an area for a stretcher to support the patient. When an accident occurs, a beacon can be sent to the nearest intermediate AMB station on the highway. When a distress signal is received, the AMB finds the patient's location to pick them up and, afterwards, takes the victim to the nearest hospital to help save time.
Rescue example diagram
The interior design of the medical ambulance train both color and shape of the overall style also fits very well with the exterior design, mainly in black, red and white, both a calm and generous sense of the whole, but also because of the splash of red to increase the warning and let people pay attention to the special nature of the train driving process of the vehicle.
Median AMB Design by Hong Seonghwan, Lee Hyungtaek, Lee Taekkyung & Song Yoojin

2、"Distribution point storage" freight vehicles

In addition, other industries that focus on transportation classes have also focused on the train as a means of transportation. In the past two years, the domestic urban distribution logistics industry continues to be hot, can be said to be the darling of the capital market, however, light truck specifications change constantly, while due to environmental issues cities began to implement new energy vehicles, urban distribution operation planning is full of uncertainty. What exactly will the future of urban logistics develop into?
Recently, the Dutch DAF designer depicted the state of urban logistics in 2050 through a set of pictures. In his imagination, the future of large cities, especially in the center of the region is highly prosperous, the average daily consumption activities of the population time growth, while freight vehicles will be required to minimize.
Source:Truck House Author:Lai Wenhao
He proposed the concept of distribution point warehousing, which means that a large number of goods are delivered to local distribution points, such as supermarkets that have been open for a long time. This actually coincides with the current concept of "front-end warehousing" in China. Finally, the "last-mile" transport will be handled by new urban freight vehicles, which will operate 24/7 to meet the huge demand of consumer activities.
Source:Truck House Author:Lai Wenhao
The "Duff of the future" in the design is powered entirely by electricity and is silent and emission-free. It also has these features: special body design, which allows it to blend into the environment, like part of the city architecture; crab steering mechanism, that is, all the wheels can be rotated 90 degrees, in the crowded city streets have good mobility, but also convenient parking; roof is solar panels, conversion of electricity to use more environmentally friendly, but also reduce charging. And it is worth noting that the vehicle also retains a cab, so in the designer's vision, 2050 has not yet achieved full self-driving, still need a driver to work.
In addition, in China's new "Four Great Inventions" one of the logistics industry, matt June venture to guess, this kind of logistics train concept may be more likely to be realized in China.

3. The "driverless" double-decker tram

In Hong Kong, Ponti Design Studio has also designed Island, a driverless tourist double-decker tram, in response to the problems of recent years' epidemics. world where prevention of future pandemics is key. And as Hong Kong looks to the future as a tourist powerhouse, it is even more important to ensure that tourists can visit the city while being able to ensure good epidemic prevention.
"It is no coincidence that the Island was designed in conjunction with one of Hong Kong's landmarks, the tram. It represents the forward-looking spirit of Hong Kong and introduces a new concept of public transport that overcomes the practice of social alienation. This is especially important in densely populated Hong Kong, where social distance is difficult to achieve in response to the culture and status quo of a city like Hong Kong. Instead of division and separation, we should rethink public space with a seamless, integrated and effective design approach." Andrea Ponti said.
The use of this glass allows ample natural light to fill the interior through the walls and domed ceiling throughout the day. It also increases the passenger's range of vision to enjoy the views of Hong Kong. Vertical LED strips are arranged on the front and rear of the tram's curved sides, acting as the vehicle's brakes and headlights to enhance its visibility in all weather conditions.
By combining electric and driverless technology - eliminating the space needed for the engine and driver - there is more room inside the tram, making it easier for passengers to maintain a social distance.
Ponti also designed complementary tram stops, open on both sides, to encourage better air flow and more orderly travel. Each tram has a retractable connection point for quick charging at the tram stop.
Passengers will be seated relatively sparsely on the "Island" in the center of each floor of the car, facing outward to avoid breathing in the direction of other passengers. Bar-like wooden counters are arranged around the perimeter of each floor, with handrails to allow passengers to stand and enjoy the passing scenery as they travel.
Payment for the trip will be made contactless at these stations via Hong Kong's Octopus card system before boarding. Passengers will be guided by an electronic graphic that tells them how to pay. Getting rid of the payment points on the vehicle itself would also create more usable space inside.
matt think, maybe one day people in a simple commute to work by the way in the outbound train will be able to pick up today's delivery, in the transfer time by the way also in the train to buy today's ingredients, the weekend to travel can also guarantee the epidemic health and safety while taking pictures in the airy and open car to hit the city beauty. It's great to think about it.
Next issue, Matt will continue to introduce another design trend: high luxury interior, look forward to it together. If you have ideas or suggestions, please leave a comment.