The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/exhibitions/2318794479/

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18624531/

  • zip-a-tone on photostat
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • fiction
  • passenger
  • concept drawing

Since the dominance of streets by cars at the beginning of the 20th century, American designers have persistently envisioned a future of better-designed cities navigated by futuristic vehicles. Donald Deskey’s designs for a monorail at MacArthur Airport proposed a freight and passenger network that better integrated the utility airport with existing Long Island traffic and facilities. Transporting passengers by day, the monorail concept would move freight at night, which would be efficiently delivered to terminals and dispersed from there.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18624733/

  • Designed by Earl E. Hoyt Jr.
  • cello-tak, black and gray magic marker, black color pencil, graphite on off-white illustration board
  • Gift of Donald Deskey
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • service
  • fiction
  • concept drawing

Since the dominance of streets by cars at the beginning of the 20th century, American designers have persistently envisioned a future of better-designed cities navigated by futuristic vehicles. The production and distribution of frozen food was only just beginning in the 1960s, and designer Earl E. Hoyt, Jr. explored the topic as a student before joining Donald Deskey Associates. The special needs of transporting frozen freight may explain Hoyt’s exploration of this unusual form, likely designed to transport flash-frozen foods to supermarkets.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1108798007/

  • Designed by Pete Wozena
  • color pencil, brush and gouache on paper
  • presentation drawing
  • mobility
  • fiction
  • futuristic
  • concept
  • aerodynamic
  • car

Since the dominance of streets by cars at the beginning of the 20th century, American designers have persistently envisioned a future of better-designed cities navigated by futuristic vehicles. This concept car design presents an elaborate aircraft fantasy, a popular 1950s motif in designs for dream cars that never reached mass production. Visions of flying cars fostered fantasies of escape and freedom. With jets streaming fire at the vehicle’s rear, this design also demonstrates automakers’ potential to master still unknown technologies.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1108806879/

  • Designed by George Lawson
  • graphite, red color pencil on paper
  • future
  • mobility
  • fiction
  • car
  • concept drawing

Since the dominance of streets by cars at the beginning of the 20th century, American designers have persistently envisioned a future of better-designed cities navigated by futuristic vehicles. This drawing is part of automotive designer George Lawson’s proposal for Hub Cities, an urban design concept that envisioned a restructuring of cities across the U.S. to create better living through safer, more efficient transportation. To relieve congestion, innovative Mini-Max cars could safely transport one or two drivers traveling short distances—the small cars could easily be rounded up and returned to the center via double-decker buses or “tug and transit car platoons.”

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/1108806883/

  • Designed by George Lawson
  • graphite, red color pencil on paper
  • future
  • mobility
  • fiction
  • car
  • concept drawing

Since the dominance of streets by cars at the beginning of the 20th century, American designers have persistently envisioned a future of better-designed cities navigated by futuristic vehicles. This drawing is part of automotive designer George Lawson’s proposal for Hub Cities, an urban design concept that envisioned a restructuring of cities across the U.S. to create better living through safer, more efficient transportation. To relieve congestion, innovative Mini-Max cars could safely transport one or two drivers traveling short distances—the small cars could easily be rounded up and returned to the center via double-decker buses or “tug and transit car platoons.”

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795144/

  • Designed by Henry Dreyfuss
  • offset lithograph on paper
  • Smithsonian Libraries, T785.B1 Y58 1939
  • future
  • mobility
  • World's Fair
  • fiction
  • ephemera

Since the dominance of streets by cars at the beginning of the 20th century, American designers have persistently envisioned a future of better-designed cities navigated by futuristic vehicles. The 1939 New York World’s Fair showed visitors the future of better living possible in the “World of Tomorrow,” which was the fair’s central theme. Henry Dreyfuss’s Democracity, viewed in the Perisphere pictured on the front of this publication, presented a harmonious vision of urban design—a green city center with a perfect traffic system surrounded by industrial and residential towns.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795218/

  • Designed by Norman Bel Geddes
  • offset lithograph on paper
  • Smithsonian Libraries, T785 K1G32 1939
  • future
  • mobility
  • World's Fair
  • fiction
  • ephemera

Since the dominance of streets by cars at the beginning of the 20th century, American designers have persistently envisioned a future of better-designed cities navigated by futuristic vehicles. The Futurama exhibit was one of the most popular pavilions in the 1939 World’s Fair. Designed by Norman Bel Geddes, the huge diorama presented a section of the U.S. revitalized with improved and expanded highways. The miniature streets, towns, homes, and vehicles imagined a future designed for a continually improving automobile that would be increasingly important to daily life.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795219/

  • Designed by Henry Dreyfuss
  • newsprint
  • Gift of Henry Dreyfuss
  • hybrid
  • mobility
  • fiction
  • airplane
  • innovation
  • car

Since the dominance of streets by cars at the beginning of the 20th century, American designers have persistently envisioned a future of better-designed cities navigated by futuristic vehicles. Henry Dreyfuss designed this two-piece flying automobile that allowed a production car to transform easily into a private plane. With separate driving and flying controls, the ConvAIRCAR could be driven on the street most of the time and fitted to its plane components when the owner was ready to fly.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795850/

  • Designed by Arup
  • sound installation
  • Courtesy of Arup
  • future
  • mobility
  • urban planning
  • data
  • concept
  • public space

This immersive 3D sound experience presents three scenarios that prototype how cities might sound in the future as new technologies arrive in public spaces. How might journey-specific digital information enhance passengers’ experiences of transit? Will cities become quieter and calmer as street design, informed by sensor data, allows for greener spaces? Is the future of electric vehicles (EVs) necessarily a quiet one?

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795853/

  • Designed by MIT Civic Data Design Lab
  • wood, card stock, digital prints, electronics
  • Courtesy of MIT Civic Data Design Lab
  • mobility
  • data visualization
  • interactive
  • equity

The Next Stop interactive asks visitors to imagine the future of mobility through a series of ten questions. Understanding how technology innovations might change behavior is essential for future planning and design. Visitors submit answers through a scanner portal, which are added to the digital interactive. Next Stop uses analytics to reveal patterns in the scanned responses to visualize visitors’ collective hopes, dreams, and anxieties about our urban future. Created for The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795855/

  • video
  • Courtesy of David Hodge and Hi-Jin Hodge.
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • infrastructure
  • experience

These interviews are excerpted from the forthcoming film Life on Wheels, which brings together some of the world’s transportation experts for a fresh conversation about an entire industry and infrastructure on the edge of disruption. Akin to the computer industry during the 1980s, new mobility technologies are coming online faster than people can figure out how to apply them. No one knows the rules yet, but these videos give insight and urgency to the transformation. Full-length film to be released in 2019.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795857/

  • Designed by Virgin Hyperloop One
  • digital prints
  • Courtesy of Virgin Hyperloop One
  • transportation
  • future
  • mobility
  • equity

Virgin Hyperloop One is prototyping an ultra-fast, on-demand, affordable, fully electric mass transportation system. It is designed to deliver airline speeds connecting cities in minutes, as if they were metro stops, for a ticket price less than the cost of gas to drive the same distance. The passenger/cargo pod’s high speeds are attained by magnetic levitation (maglev) and propulsion along an enclosed low-pressure tube. Cleaner and quieter than current mass transit, it is designed to be built on columns or tunneled to safely avoid intersections. Section Diagram 2018 Route Estimator Map 2018 Video: The Virgin Hyperloop One System 2018 2:30 minutes

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795859/

  • Designed by College for Creative Studies
  • Courtesy of Ford Motor Company Fund
  • education
  • mobility
  • data
  • autonomous
  • concept
  • equity

Part of a citywide effort to use design as a driver for equitable development, Detroit Equitable Mobility 2030 explores innovative neighborhood mobility proposals. Autonomous mobile pods bring 21st-century curriculum directly to youth in each neighborhood. Larger mobile units transform daily commutes into tailored place-based entrepreneurship training and mentorship for the neighborhood’s young adults. Mobile health units collect relevant data to generate nutrition plans and menus. Service Design Model 2018 Acrylic This model presents four service design concepts: soft skill education (yellow), student outcome (pink), care exchange (green), and heath data collection (blue). Each icon on the model represents a service point, which informs the designer where to enhance the customer/ provider experience. Scenario Design Diagram 2017 Digital print This drawing illustrates three long-term, equitable mobility design scenarios—Entry Point, Place-making, and Care Exchange—that aim to improve the work prospects, youth retention rates, and health outcomes for under-served Detroit neighborhoods in the future.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795861/

  • Designed by Höweler + Yoon
  • Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • concept
  • equity

This design concept proposes a new American dream, trading ownership for sharing, where freedom and opportunity derived from access, density, proximity, and seamless mobility can restructure the American city and surrounding region. Using Boswash—the transportation corridor between Boston and Washington—as a test case, the Shareway proposes a new mobility platform for the sharing of and switching between transportation options. It enables a new linear settlement pattern no longer bound to a city’s center or sprawling periphery. Model 2018 Wood, acrylic, paper This model describes the Shareway an urban fabric that combines new physical infrastructure and intelligent networks. Crescents, the leftover spaces determined by Amtrak’s long curves and I-95’s undulating highway, are filled with transit-oriented, mixed-use buildings. Hubs facilitate modal switching between car, train, bike, bus, and ferry. Video: Shareway 2012 2:25 minutes Produced by Höweler + Yoon with Squared Design Lab (Culver City, California, USA) Courtesy of Höweler + Yoon

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795863/

  • Designed by Gensler
  • Courtesy of Gensler
  • mobility
  • urban planning
  • system

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795865/

  • Designed by FXCollaborative Architects
  • Courtesy of FXCollaborative
  • mobility
  • urban planning
  • system
  • public space

Public Square reclaims road space as useful public space for pedestrians. A range of interlocking plug-and-play modules allows for a range of uses—from retail stands to gardens—enabling cities and communities to reimagine their streets and incrementally transform the city. Replacing just 5% of on-street parking in New York City would add the green space equivalent of one new Central Park. The modules reduce heat retention and storm-water runoff, which is critically important as cities face unprecedented storm events. Model 2018 Acrylic, foam, foam board, paper Floor and wall diagrams 2018 Digital prints Video: Public Square 2018 3:06 minutes Produced by FXCollaborative with Sam Schwartz Engineering and Mental Canvas Courtesy of FXCollaborative

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795868/

  • Designed by WAVE (Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification)
  • resin, plastic, copper, ferrite, electronics
  • Courtesy of WAVE and Utah State University
  • electricity
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • system
  • infrastructure

Reducing dependency on carbon-emitting vehicles and the widespread use of electric public transit requires changes to existing urban infrastructure. Streets are prime real estate for embedding smart technology systems, including wireless charging along bus routes like the Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) charging pad. Designed to be mounted unobtrusively on both the underside of a bus and flush within the road pavement, the WAVE system is currently being used in several cities.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795870/

  • Designed by ChargePoint
  • aluminum, polycarbonate
  • Courtesy of ChargePoint, Inc.
  • mobility
  • system
  • station
  • electric

The mass benefits and adoption of electric vehicles depends on an expansive network of convenient charging stations. ChargePoint’s Charging Stations have already saved millions of gallons of gasoline, and additional efficiencies are planned through mobile apps and navigation systems that offer flexible pricing, scheduled charging times, and opportunities to customize recharging messages. ChargePoint is committed to producing 2.5 million charging places by 2025.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795873/

  • Designed by Landscape Forms
  • powder-coated cast and extruded aluminum, powder-coated steel
  • Courtesy of Landscape Forms
  • mobility
  • system
  • electric
  • public space
  • digital access

With the development of smart cities comes opportunities to rethink the function and design of street furniture. The GO OutdoorTable is a 21st-century communal table designed to plug into a digital network. As a platform for outdoor activity, it is a gathering place and a drop-down work surface with access to data and power on or off the grid. Its canopy provides shade and an integrated solar panel for powering LED lighting. Chipman Stools 2015 Designed by Robert Chipman Manufactured by Landscape Forms Powder-coated cast aluminum

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795875/

  • Designed by National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
  • digital print
  • Courtesy of NACTO
  • mobility
  • urban planning
  • system
  • instructional
  • public space

To counter transportation’s history of dividing communities, polluting air, and causing traffic congestion, this street design manual envisions a future where cities benefit from new transportation technologies in the age of autonomous vehicles (AVs). The illustrated guide outlines best practices for cities to create safer 21st-century streets. The guidelines represent an opportunity for cities to reduce the 1.3 million yearly traffic deaths, repurpose streets when driving lanes or parking spaces are no longer needed, incorporate mass transit, and ensure equitable economic benefits for all.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795878/

  • Designed by Solar Roadways
  • glass, circuit boards, solar cells, cables
  • Courtesy of Solar Roadways Dayton
  • mobility
  • urban planning
  • modular
  • system
  • infrastructure
  • electric
  • solar power

Solar Roadways is a modular system of solar panels that transforms street surfaces into smart, energy-generating infrastructure. LED lights create lines and signage without paint so that streets can easily change lane configurations to maximize traffic flow. Microprocessors allow the panels to communicate with each other and connected vehicles—by flashing messages to drivers alerting them to cyclists and vehicles they may not have seen, the panels could make streets safer for people using all modes of transportation.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795880/

  • videos
  • mobility
  • urban planning
  • system
  • public space

Streets cover over 80% of public land in U.S. cities. The advent of connected and autonomous vehicles (CVs and AVs) provides cities an opportunity to reimagine this public space by exploring designs that transform what has primarily been a means of conveyance into safer, more resilient, less congested, multi-modal, people-centered streetscapes. This video demonstrates how designers reimagined the street in three locations. Video: Loop NYC, Pathway to Community 2017 3:00 minutes Produced and courtesy of EDG (New York, New York, USA) for Driverless Future Challenge (New York, New York, USA) Video: City Data Analytics: Modes of Travel & Commuter Walking Times 2017 1:39 minutes Produced by Zaha Hadid Architects (London, UK) with data analysis by Habidatum (London, UK) Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects for Walkable London exhibition at the Building Centre (London, UK) Video: Build the Queensway 2015 1:35 minutes Produced by EcoDeo (New York, New York, USA) Plan by WXY (New York, New York, USA) and DLANDstudio (New York, New York, USA) Phase one design by DLANDstudio Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land (San Francisco, California, USA)

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795882/

  • Designed by ArtCenter College of Design
  • various materials
  • Courtesy of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
  • advertising
  • transportation
  • model
  • mobility
  • urban planning
  • system
  • public space

A collaboration of architecture students from UCLA and transportation design students from ArtCenter College of Design explores the potential changes in vehicle design and infrastructure as we transition to autonomous vehicles (AVs). By uniting transportation and urban design in a case study of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, the programs challenged students to consider how these two design disciplines could work together to create sustainable solutions for the future of transportation. The Artists' Incubator 2018 University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California, USA, founded 1919): Jiahe Chen, Miao He, and ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, California, USA, founded 1930): Gautham Varma The Artists’ Incubator proposes using the advertising funds generated by Sunset Boulevard’s iconic billboards to provide young artists with studio spaces. Housed in round buildings with a webbed frame, the studios would also provide surfaces for advertisements to drivers on an elevated motorway. Separate spaces for cars, pedestrians, and transit would allow people to switch between these transportation modes easily. Model Museum board, 3D-printed plastic Exploded Axonometric Drawing Digital print Animation Video 1:00 minute The Urban Diorama 2018 University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California, USA, founded 1919): Sweta Elizabeth Joseph, Nikita Kumar, and ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena, California, USA, founded 1930): Anshul Malhan The Urban Diorama imagines a future where the smart technology of self-driving cars allows people and vehicles to share the street in harmony, moving simultaneously through an open space. Imagery of the city’s billboards and architecture punctuates this shared landscape. Model Medium density fiberboard, foam board, mat board, acrylic, resin, photoluminescent pigments, 3D-printed plastic, UV LED strip Perspective View Digital print Animation Video 1:13 minutes

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795884/

  • Designed by Whim
  • Courtesy of MaaS Global
  • communication
  • mobility
  • service
  • interactive

The mobile app, Whim, promotes “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS). Both subscription-based and pay-as-you-go, the app charts multimodal travel routes with seamless connections between public transit, bikes, taxis, and car sharing. Focusing on the user’s needs and the convenience of a network that combines different modes of transport will hopefully inspire people to be less dependent on private car ownership and use alternative means of transport. Whim is currently used in Birmingham, England, Helsinki, and Antwerp. Interactive, Whim 2018 Roope Kolu and Apaar Tuli MaaS Network Visualization 2018 Digital print This generic city map shows multimodal ways in which people can use Whim to plan their day-to-day travel needs.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795886/

  • Designed by Toyota
  • Courtesy of Toyota
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • service
  • passenger
  • electric

The ultra-compact electric vehicle (EV), i-ROAD, provides a nimble, personal mobility experience. Regulations are essential to prevent road chaos, but such micro-mobility options might be among the game-changers in the future of flexible mobility. Users can also customize the i-ROAD by 3D printing body parts with colors and surface designs of their own choosing.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795889/

  • Designed by Péter Üveges
  • Manufactured by Moveo
  • carbon composite, aluminum
  • Courtesy of Moveo
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • service
  • passenger
  • foldable

This lightweight electric scooter is an environmentally friendly transport device. Its innovative foldable design addresses the frequent challenge of finding a secure, convenient place to either park or store it.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795891/

  • Designed by Shunji Yamanaka
  • Manufactured by fuRo
  • aluminum
  • Courtesy of Chiba Institute of Technology (fuRo)
  • transportation
  • storage
  • mobility
  • service
  • adaptable

CanguRo represents a new relationship between people and their vehicles in the era of artificial intelligence (AI). Akin to a mechanical horse, this self-driving personal mobility vehicle functions as a loyal robot. It is equipped with the latest robotics and AI technologies that enable it to serve as an autonomous assistant that responds to commands, functions as a communications terminal, accompanies its owner shopping, and carries loads. It can also transform into ride mode to transport its user.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795894/

  • Designed by Van Raam
  • steel frame with standard bicycle parts and components
  • Courtesy of Bike-On/Spinov8 Distribution Center, Warwick, Rhode Island, USA
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • service
  • accessible
  • passenger

Most transportation networks do not accommodate the needs of people with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities. In New York City, only one third of the subways are wheelchair accessible, severely limiting people’s mobility. The VeloPlus wheelchair bike was designed for people to be transported in their own wheelchair and the platform tilts to become an on/off ramp.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795896/

  • Designed by Local Motors
  • Courtesy of Local Motors by LMI
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • service
  • accessible
  • passenger

Accessible Olli is an electric autonomous shuttle bus accessible to people with physical and cognitive disabilities. With a retractable wheelchair ramp, software that can process sign language, and displays that offer simplified information and reminders for individuals with memory loss, the shuttle offers new independence in movement for the 15% of the U.S. population living with a disability. Vehicle Section 2018 Original design by Edgar Sarmiento3D-printed carbon fiber acrylonitrile butadiene styrene blend, vinyl Each Olli vehicle is 3D-printed, allowing Local Motors to adjust digitally the design of an Olli file to suit the needs of individual clients. Accessible Features 2018 Digital print

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795899/

  • Designed by Ultrahaptics Ltd.
  • die-cast aluminum, stainless steel
  • Courtesy of Ultrahaptics
  • mobility
  • service
  • accessible
  • haptic
  • sensory design

Ultrahaptics technology uses ultrasonic waves to create invisible forms and textures that can be felt on the skin. In buses, buttons and cords are not always easy for passengers to access to request a stop. In a collaboration with Accessible Olli, Ultrahaptics designers combined their technology with gesture tracking to create an invisible stop button that comes to a passenger’s hand when he or she is in range. The button is accessible from a much wider area and requires less force and fine motor control to operate than traditional controls.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795901/

  • Designed by Starship Technologies
  • Courtesy of Starship Technologies
  • storage
  • transport
  • mobility
  • automation
  • autonomous

The electrically powered Starship autonomous delivery robot offers a new way to deliver local goods. In 2013, Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis designed a soil sample retrieval robot as part of a NASA contest. Afterward, they looked for a way to apply their concept to a last mile delivery vehicle. The resulting robot delivers goods to customers within a two-mile radius, traveling on sidewalks at a pedestrian pace to ensure safety and alleviate curb congestion. Nine cameras and sensors help the robot navigate obstacles in real time, and a lock secures the robot’s contents until delivery.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795904/

  • Designed by WorkHorse
  • carbon fiber, fiberglass, heat-resistant synthetic fiber
  • Courtesy of WorkHorse Group Inc.
  • mobility
  • flight
  • automation
  • autonomous

HorseFly, a truck-launched autonomous drone, has been successfully tested with United Parcel Service and now makes package deliveries to homes in the Cincinnati area. Designed to integrate with online e-commerce, the goal is for cost-effective, sustainable deliveries that reduce extra miles of driving. Once a package is delivered, the drone returns to dock on the delivery truck.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795907/

  • Designed by Zipline
  • carbon fiber, aluminum, foam; parachute: wax paper, paper tape, cardboard
  • Courtesy of Zipline
  • mobility
  • flight
  • automation
  • autonomous

The Zipline drone was designed for on-demand deliveries of life-saving medicines to health centers, ensuring immediate access to fresh blood, insulin and vaccines, which spoil if not used in a timely manner. The drone flies more than 75 miles on a single battery and in 2018, Zipline began partnering with the government of Rwanda on low-cost, last-mile blood deliveries.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795910/

  • Designed by Peloton Technology
  • electronic controller, display, camera, speaker: plastic, aluminum, steel, silicon, copper, gold, rubber, glass; digital print
  • Courtesy of Peloton Technology
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • automation
  • autonomous

Trucks transport more than 80% of all cargo in the United States. To improve efficiency and sustainability, Peloton Technology’s freight system allows a pair of heavy trucks to travel together in a connected, semi-autonomous platoon. Through vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, the second truck automatically brakes and accelerates to follow the leading truck at a safe distance of 40–60 feet, improving aerodynamics, fuel economy, and safety. Sensors detect when other vehicles cut in, creating greater space between all vehicles until it is safe to platoon again.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795913/

  • Designed by Yuchen Cai
  • resin, 3d-printed polymer resin
  • Courtesy of Renault
  • mobility
  • autonomous
  • concept
  • passenger
  • experience

Through the use of magnets, this autonomous concept car is designed to hover using a technology known as magnetic levitation (maglev). This eliminates the need for wheels while allowing the Float to travel in any direction. Pods for 1–2 passengers offer expansive views of the surrounding environment, and multiple pods connected by a magnetic band form platoons to transport larger groups.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795916/

  • Designed by MIT Media Lab, City Science
  • bicycle components, electric motor, sensors
  • Courtesy of MIT Media Lab
  • mobility
  • autonomous
  • vehicle
  • emotions
  • public trust
  • experience

The Persuasive Electric Vehicle (PEV) is a low-cost, shared-use vehicle designed for autonomous on-demand package delivery and electric-assisted passenger commutes. Designed as a sustainable alternative transportation method, this experimental vehicle was created by MIT’s Media Lab to explore ways to establish awareness, trust, and empathy between the PEV, pedestrians, and others on the street. Lights and mechanical eye contact enable mutual recognition of each other’s presence, while computer vision and machine learning help the PEV learn to be more empathetic to human emotional states. Mapping 2018 On the monitor above, watch what the PEV autonomous vehicle (AV) sees. The PEV’s LiDAR—a pulsing laser light that senses and measures distances to an object—detects and maps its surrounding physical environment for safe navigation. Zone Diagram 2018 Digital print HOW DOES A VEHICLE SHOW AWARENESS, TRUST, AND EMPATHY? AWARENESS: Object Detection Zone Continuous tracking of the location of people and objects surrounding an autonomous vehicle is critical to safety and navigation. The PEV uses LiDAR to maintain a real-time view of its surroundings and to determine its path and prevent collisions. TRUST: Eye Contact Zone Right of way between pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists is typically determined by first acknowledging the presence of the other. Similarly, PEV uses a webcam, computer vision, and eye contact to establish a basic level of trust required for negotiating safe street interactions. EMPATHY: Emotion Contact Zone Understanding human emotions is key to future machine-human cohabitation. Using a webcam and computer vision, the PEV can determine facial expressions, which will eventually lead to more natural, social and intuitive interactions with people.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795918/

  • mobility
  • autonomous
  • passenger
  • experience

Transformational technologies, including automation and electrification, are causing a reconsideration of the design of vehicles. Without a wheel or combustion engine, the vehicle may become a platform, with flexible modular spaces for work and leisure. Safer, slower speeds reduce the need for aerodynamic styling or bumpers. Enhanced vehicle-user communication will require a rethink of the interior and exterior layouts and interfaces. This video explores three concepts for how driverless technology might radically change the shape of future vehicles. Video: Aim: A Vision for Healthcare in the Age of AI 2017 1:38 minutes Produced by and courtesy of Artefact (Seattle, Washington, USA) Video: Toyota e-Palette Concept: a Glimpse of Future Mobility 2018 2:50 minutes Produced by and courtesy of Toyota Motor North America (Plano, Texas, USA) Video: Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC: Mobility for Urban Areas 2018 2:44 minutes Produced by and courtesy of Daimler AG (Stuttgart, Germany)

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795920/

  • Designed by IDEO
  • digital prints
  • Courtesy of IDEO
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • vehicles
  • autonomous
  • experience

IDEO explores how our future might look and feel in a world with driverless vehicles by visualizing four Future of Automobility scenarios. Moving People looks at how our driverless commutes will radically change when we no longer need to look at the road. Automated package delivery fleets reduce traffic at peak times in Moving Things. Mobile offices meet people where they live in the Moving Spaces scenario. Moving Together explores ways to adapt a vehicle’s interior for ride-sharing, short term car-sharing, or conventional private use.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795922/

  • Designed by MIT Media Lab, Scalable Cooperation
  • metal, electronics
  • Courtesy of MIT Media Lab
  • mobility
  • vehicles
  • autonomous
  • humanism
  • experience

Moral Machine is an online platform that allows people to explore ethical decisions made by autonomous vehicles (AVs). Scenarios force users to choose what an AV should do in an accident, weighing the number of lives saved and factors such as victim gender, age, and perceived social value. By collecting millions of decisions made by anonymous users around the world, the designers hope to understand geographic differences in attitudes toward these complex moral decisions, and underscore the importance of developing global principles for machine ethics.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795925/

  • Designed by Drive.ai
  • led screen, digital print
  • Courtesy of Drive.ai
  • communication
  • mobility
  • autonomous
  • public trust
  • experience

Humans safely share the road by exchanging numerous gestures and signals. Self-driving vehicles require designers to consider new ways for cars to communicate this important information. Drive.ai’s autonomous shuttles are fitted with panels that share the vehicle’s intentions through animated messages, helping to establish trust while ensuring that everyone on the road feels safe. By observing the behavior of human drivers and inviting public feedback in town hall meetings, Drive.ai designers continue to refine how autonomous vehicles (AVs) can best communicate with people. Evolution of AV Panel Messaging Design 2018 Digital print Drive.ai designers have repeatedly modified the communication panels in order to provide the clearest messages. Panels at the front, rear, and sides convey different messages, and their locations near the tires and bumpers reflect where people most often look to determine a car’s actions.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795927/

  • Designed by Waymo
  • video
  • Courtesy of Waymo
  • mobility
  • data
  • safety
  • self-learning
  • autonomous

How do you teach a vehicle to see and make it safe and easy for people and things to move around? This video recreates how Waymo’s self-driving cars navigate roads using an array of sensors that allows them to “see” 360 degrees, both in daytime and at night, and up to nearly 3 football fields away. The cars learn to anticipate how to behave and determine the safest maneuvers. Waymo’s self-driving cars are currently being user-tested in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795929/

  • Designed by The City of Los Angeles, led by the LA Department of Transportation (LADOT) and Information Technology Agency (ITA)
  • Courtesy of Remix
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • data
  • collaboration

To manage the disruption caused by expanding mobility options—from dock-less scooters to autonomous fleets—Los Angeles developed a new data standard and language. Through an open source public-private collaboration, LA worked with other cities and mobility companies to create the specification. It requires companies to share real-time data, critical information that enables cities to design safer, more responsive streets and actively manage transportation. Remix Planning Platform 2018 Remix (San Francisco, California, USA, founded 2014) An innovative planning platform used in over 300 cities, including Los Angeles, the platform enables planners to make informed decisions with a city’s mobility data by understanding how streets, public transit, and new mobility work together. Video: Managing Transportation in the Digital Age 2018 2:03 minutes Produced by and courtesy of Remix

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795931/

  • Designed by MIT Senseable City Lab
  • acrylic, plastic, electronics
  • Courtesy of MIT Senseable City Lab and Cisco Systems
  • transportation
  • mobility
  • data
  • garbage

City Scanner, a lightweight sensing platform attached to garbage trucks, collects data about the urban environment. Equipped with sensors that include thermal cameras, air quality, temperature, humidity, a WiFi scanner, and GPS, City Scanner could be used to help inform decisions about public health, security, and overall better services for citizens.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795934/

  • Designed by MIT Media Lab, City Science
  • aluminum, electronics, mirrors, acrylic, wood, plastic
  • Courtesy of MIT Media Lab
  • future
  • mobility
  • data
  • interactive
  • equity

CityScope is an interactive tool that helps one visualize two extreme versions of a future with driverless cars. Will we create an ownership society with private driverless cars? Or a world of lightweight shared social mobility robots available to all? In one scenario, streets are dominated by machines and density leads to congestion and anxiety. The other is a more vibrant city where humans recapture streets, and the benefits of mixed use density, creative interactions, and equity increase.

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795936/

  • digital print
  • New York World’s Fair, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
  • model
  • mobility
  • World's Fair
  • concept

The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility

https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318795938/

  • Designed by Paul Hausch
  • Courtesy of designers
  • mobility
  • concept

This exhibition features student projects to acknowledge the innovative mobility design work occurring in classrooms across the country. In these designs, students explore how automation might change the mobility of people, goods, and services. Paul Hausch Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona Emanuel Papageorgiou University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Tian Wei Li and Yujie Wang Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts John Almeida, Michael Daniel, James D’orazio, and Jared Torres Kean University, Union and Hillside, New Jersey Sarah Strickler, Claire Kantner, Sara Tieu, Ian Yu, and Cecilia Zhoa University of Washington, Seattle, Washington