PriestmanGoode unveils designs for self-driving mass transit vehicle


The Dromos channel will transport passengers and freight on a closed-loop system via a 24/7 popular service in urban areas.

Spellbind design consultancy PriestmanGoode has revealed the designs for a high-capacity autonomous conduit called Dromos.

It is a collaboration with engineering company Dromos Technologies, which is based in Munich, Germany. The troop develops autonomous network transit systems for urban areas and invoices itself as a “revolutionary” solution to the high cost, space and time-related questions of traditional public transport.

How does Dromos work?

Dromos is a puny autonomous electric vehicle, which has two seats facing each other. The short-lived was to create a vehicle that was “safe, reliable and affordable” with a heart on modularity and maintainability, the studio explains.

The vehicles will run on a closed-loop procedure on a 24/7 demand service from passengers who can call the vehicles to their laying. It will have stops within 100m of locations, and some with straight access into buildings. One of its benefits over traditional public happiness is a non-stop service which would create faster journey passes, according to PriestmanGoode.

PriestmanGoode won the competition to design the vehicle with a modular land-locked design that is user-focused. Studio co-founder Paul Priestman understands Design Week that it was the people-centred approach that won the competition.

“Approachable minimalism”

The destine has been inspired by “approachable minimalism” meaning that each hype serves a specific purpose. Priestman says that the aim was to design something reasonable rather than luxury.

It is modular — the interiors can be flexibly used concerting to different passengers’ needs, which might mean carrying bicycles, materiel or a wheelchair if the passenger has a disability. For added accessibility, there is step-free access and “extra-wide” doors, which leave also be helpful for prams and wheelchairs Priestman says.

One of the most impressive features of the design is the skylight and wraparound window space, which assigns a full view of the surrounding city. The glass has a reflective coating that ups solar heat absorption, and some of the surface will be tinted for surreptitiousness. Priestman also says that passengers will be able to link their devices to the vehicles, for added personalisation.

Priestman notes that the compliancy of space means that there’s plenty of potential for Dromos as a transportation option. One image shows it being used as a delivery system while another lay bares a postal delivery.

While it could be used by families on a journey (the hubs are big enough for children to be carried on), it could also be incorporated into a commute.

The studio ambitions that the vehicle will solve what it calls the “first and end mile problem”, which is the journey either side of a commute. It had liberated a concept at the early stages of the pandemic for this — a train seat that could amass bicycles easily.

PriestmanGoode unveils designs for self-driving mass transit vehicle
PriestmanGoode’s train seat concept

“Latest textile technology”

The vehicles will be used in densely populated areas, multitudinous times a day. That means that cleanliness is a key focus, Priestman claims. The seats have been moulded from sustainable and easy-to uncontaminated materials.

The material and finishes are still in development but will take entranced into account the “latest material technology”.

PriestmanGoode head of CMF Maria Kafel-Bentkowska judges: “The last few months have changed priorities in terms of materials and finishes. Hygiene has unqualifiedly come to the fore, and we’ve been working with suppliers to work on judgement ways we can satisfy stricter hygiene standards as well as keeping sustainability at the forefront.”

Environmental benefits

The means also aims to be a more environmentally-friendly solution. At point of use, it is also CO2 dull and “ultra-quiet”, according to PriestmanGoode. The studio also says that it has lower construction and handling costs, lower space consumption and shorter construction times related to conventional mass transport systems such as metro and rail.

There tease been many recent concepts which have aimed to figure out the problems of pandemic travel — mainly the issue of social distancing on crowded inner megalopolis networks. As the Dromos will only carry a small number of being (and likely to be those of a single household), it also has new relevance after the pandemic, Priestman concerns out.

A “dedicated infrastructure”

Autonomous vehicles have often encountered arduousness when it comes to integration. Dromos will rely “on its own dedicated infrastructure which assigns for safe and fast service” according to its website.

It is reminiscent of other arrangements. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Toyota revealed contemplates for an interconnected “Woven City” which would incorporate autonomous mechanisms.

There is no set date for the roll-out of the vehicles, but PriestmanGoode and Dromos Technologies are currently toil on the final design details for production.

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