Perceiving the subway ride as something that should be enjoyable, Yves Lombardet created this concept that is not only gorgeous, but that breaks the monotony of repetition in public transportation: by incorporating a modular approach, this subway can vary themes and spatial arrangements from car to car.
If such a design were widely implemented in public transportation, perhaps more travellers would be encouraged to leave their private vehicles behind for daily commutes.
A bus designed for privacy: Willer Express, a Japanese bus running from Osaka to Tokyo, provides extensive privacy and comfort in these cocoons designed to envelop each passanger in a near-bubble. Reclining seats, individual lighting control and individual entertainment are some of the cocoon features—allowing room for only 12 lucky passengers.
In a Zurich lab, at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, elegantly-mobile robotic mini-choppers are developed for exquisite range of motion and response. The “quadrotors”are made to engage in bouncing balls, perform synchronized dances, balance poles, and play piano. Other research at IDSC includes the development of robots capable of learning tasks and developing response via practice, much like in human learning.