- Vision 2040 autonomous mobility service
In a world populated by 9 billions of humans and where half of its people live in the cities, transportation has become a problem. We could have faced the worst congestions and traffic jams if politics didn't used coercion and economic levers to encourage men and women to take the bus, metro and a wide range of new public transport services. For instance: instead of going to work with it, the government is giving aid for selling it and giving up on personnal ownership. In addition, the use of those new services are free the 3 first years making this operation pretty attractive.
People are used to personnalize ever single aspect of their features, to control their own time, schedule and environment. The idea of feeling like part of a cocoon is still there, and more than ever. As our home is our own atmosphere obviously, and our workplace tend to be one too, commuting becomes the last place where "comfort" is absent. Devices such as what was still known as "smartphones" in the early 2020s remain one of the only escape where people project themselves in. In contain basically our life: I.D., communications, payment card, services pass, medias.
The consumption model has changed of scale, and we witness a decentralization of energy. Thanks to new green energies, we product the electricity locally, use it / store it, redistribute it, enjoy it. Each district got a production center that is either a solar farm, wind turbines, geothermic pumps, or the brand-new triboelectric generators.
The main question BLOOM is answering is: how can a mobility service be useful to the greater number, being litterally an extension of our homes and the perfect link between two places?
What is Bloom?
Bloom is a autonomous car sharing service that ables access to 4 passengers (even disabled) or a 4 cubic-meter cargo payload. It plays a role in the local city development as the vehicle collects energy by itself for its own use but also for the surrounding buildings.
Inspiration: Bloom is the root of a system where the social life/building is the flower - and the energy being the sap.
What is the user experience Bloom is offering?
How is it working?
- Each city district has a Bloom station were the vehicles are parked and collecting energy H24 for the ride of the buildings.
- A client connects on Bloom's app and order a fare. The closest vehicle reach to pick-up point were the client is waiting.
- As Bloom is coming close to the client location, the very booked seat is deployed (blooming) and ready for its passenger.
- When stopped, the vehicle lower its chassis to ease people to carry, enter and access (if disabled) inside the vehicle. It is making a friendly reverence as a welcome for metaphore.
- After the payload set, Bloom is going back to standard position and get ready to go to its preselected destination via the app.
- Bloom is reaching its destination point while the passenger is experiencing connected onboard systems such as unidirectional audio headrest, augmented reality DLO (Day Light Opening), connected interfaces that allows people to find their perfect environment suiting their mood.
- As for the loading, Bloom is lowering its chassis to allow people to leave easily the cabin. At the end of its duties, the vehicles is going back to the district station.
What are the features?
- Propulsion: 4 Active Wheels (wheels that include an electric motor each and suspension)
- Energy: Triboelectric nanogenerators panels on the body. It harvest energy from both sunlight and raindrops, creating electric charge from the friction of two materials rubbing together, as with static electricity – it's all about the shifting of electrons... as it also rains at night. This system is able to work around the clock regardless of the weather, adding another huge boost to the potential of renewable energy, that can be redistributed to the buildings. More info: Soochow University works on Triboelectricity
- Variable-height chassis: 4 hydroelectric cylinders
- Blooming seats: Spandex-titanium fiber composite on titanium gliding tube frames
Use Case: If you are a foreigner tourist coming to Japan and decide to visit places out of regular public transports, you will need a rental car. Nevertheless, a translation of your driving license will be needed from an ambassy. Boring task. Bloom's can play the role of tour guide and carry these people thanks to the autonomous drive and the augmented reality DLO displaying informations regarding the monuments.
- Augmented DLO (Day Light Opening): Can display a specific HUD or animated image on demand via the app for each passenger simultaneously. Following Bosch Split Screen Technology created in the early 2010s, Bloom's technology uses two rows or each projected cells specifically oriented towards each of the 4 seats. Passenger A can watch a film, B a simple HUD, C a tour guide of the exterior view, D can switch off the display.
Some extra reading
More info: How autonomous vehicles can resolve phantom traffic jams
More info: Autonomous world to save your time and money
- Unidirectional audio system: fitting the extended headrests, this system allows the passenger to connect his personnal device via Bloom's app and plays her favorite tune while travelling without needing a non-comfy headphone and disturbing any other people onboard. Fancy a sleep? Choose to display some white noise and you will fell out of time, just like in a real cocoon.
Thank you for your attention!