Behold: the Ford F-Visionconcept – a prototype take on the future of electric semi-trucks unveiled at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Germany this month.
In ‘self-drive’ mode, the wraparound windscreen blends back into the streamlined bodywork – a feature, claims Ford, inspired by the ‘adaptiveabilities of Marvel superheroes’, thereby earning itself an atomic wedgie.
PLAY – an installation by Swiss artist Urs Fisher at Gagosian Gallery in New York: nine autonomous office chairs pre-programmed with choreography devised by artist Madeline Hollander swirl, swivel and interact with one another, sensing and avoiding visitors, who are free to walk among the herd.
When the chairs run low on power, they dock automatically with a machine inside the gallery which replaces the battery and processor housed inside each seat.
Behold: the Volvo 360c concept – an all-electric, fully self-driving vehicle with an interior that can be configured as an office, living area or sleeping pod for passengers of the future, sharing the road with other autonomous vehicles on journeys of up to 320km.
The Symbioz – Renault’s vision of an autonomous electric vehicle for the 2030s. Envisaged as part-car part ‘living room’, the Symbioz parks inside the home, offering backup power in the event of a outage as well as an extension to the living space, rising on a hydraulic platform to the roof terrace where occupants can enjoy a spectacular vista of Renault’s brave new world.