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The Float Concept Vehicle, 2017

This is a The Float Concept Vehicle. It was designed by Yuchen Cai and made for (as the client) Renault Car of the Future Contest. It is dated 2017. Its medium is resin, 3d-printed polymer resin.

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.

It is credited Courtesy of Renault.

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility.

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