OTO is a futuristic concept of an autonomous personal vehicle. It marks the beginning of a new era in the automotive industry by taking people from point A to point B in a practical and efficient way.
As a shared urban vehicle, OTO is a decidedly linear and futuristic looking vehicle. It is designed for short last-mile car sharing (and ridesharing) trips.
OTO can accommodate up to four people in a very compact space: a sort of "lift on wheels" in which they stand waiting to arrive at their destination. That of the horizontal lift is a concept that is taking shape more and more: first on the floor architectural, then in recent Crosswater, "Taxi" on the water.
OTO, autonomous shuttle to change urban transport
Lukas Lambrichts, the designer of this project, explains that OTO was born to roam the length and breadth of the city. For this it is not necessary for passengers to sit down.
The interior of the autonomous vehicle is designed so that users can comfortably lean and stand while running. Most designers tend to focus on aesthetics rather than functionality. For this reason, Lambricht concentrated entirely on function for the OTO project.
As Palladio teaches, function then also guided form.
OTO, carpooling and ridesharing for transport over short distances: this is the path marked out for the future of urban transport
Anyway, like it or not on an aesthetic level OTO is another evolution in the research on vehicles that will change the face of our cities. We can almost already see it in front of our eyes, a click from the smartphone and flocks of small silent and compact cabins that cross our streets.