As a vision for the future of transportation, Dominic Wilcox has realized a driverless car that unites intricate, handmade glass work with cutting-edge technologies. The vehicle is imagined as vessel for nighttime travel, accommodating only a bed inside; while the passenger rests, the car autonomously drives them to their destination. Wilcox proposes that ‘in the year 2059 it will be statistically proven that it is safer to ride in a computer controlled driverless vehicle than to ride in a human driven vehicle.‘
With this in mind, his design reconsiders vehicular transport as a nomadic habitat, a living space on wheels, than merely a mode of transit. Without typical safety equipment we’re currently accustomed to — such as air bags and bumpers — the single person ‘sleeper car’ comprises only an automated navigation held within a modular shell, onto which a habitable space can be built.
Finding inspiration from the Durham Cathedral, Wilcox has incorporated his own visual experience into the design of a three dimensional form. The hand-cut glass paneled shell is fixed onto a computer designed and manufactured frame, bringing together adapted craftsmanship drawn from the past with the precision of computer aided technology. Accompanying the prototype, Wilcox has set up a website concept to be used in the year 2059 where users can order a bespoke vehicle to pick them up. The options include selecting the size: 2, 4 or 6 person; the interior: Jacuzzi, restaurant, office, or bed; and exterior shell design: wood tree house cabin, retro 2015 car, or stained glass mini cathedral. ‘Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future’ was presented at Design Junction for London’s Design Festival Fall 2014.
Submitted by: Dwayne