Marten Wallgren is a vehicle design student at the Royal College of Art in London. He was part of a group, along with Il Choi, David Seesing, and Miika Hekkinen, who recently won a Seymour Powell award for best concept in the “Future City Mobility” design competition. The group’s concept consists of multiple vehicles, including a bus and taxi, which were designed to integrate with a specially designed bicycle/electric scooter. In a blog post about the competition, Marten explains:
“The brief was basically to look at the traffic situation in London for the year 2030. Our concept was to create a car-free-zone in the central of London, called London Garden. Inside this zone we developed a system created around bicycles, allowing a special designed bicycle/scooter to be well integrated with the infrastructure as well as becoming a part of the interior of the buses and taxis. Inside London Garden, the users have more awareness of the individual energy consumption. In fact, the energy that you create while biking is used as a currency while docking the bicycle into the bus or taxi.”
“The congestion will get heavier and the infrastructure is not very adaptable. Old historical buildings can’t be moved to create wider streets and to make people pay a fortune to enter the city core may not be social sustainable solution. It’s time we start thinking about alternative solutions.”
Click through to Marten’s post to see more of their concept illustrations for the project. The concept is a bit blue sky at this point, but there are certainly some interesting ideas. Congratulations on the award Marten, Il, David, and Miika.