Transportation is rapidly expanding into a future of vehicles that will have totally different interior spaces and functions. The abandonment of the wheel and the adoption of autonomous driving will radically transform our free time, especially in relation to time and way of conceiving travel.
It is an electrifying phase of transition and "preparation", and it is pushing concept designers to literally design the world of transport to come. Starting with tailor-made vehicles for relaxation and leisure. Prototypes, however, also followed by some major car manufacturers.
A quick excursus
For those who missed the previous episodes and the speculations made: we can go to "gyms" on wheels. Get out of work and train on the way home. Or choose to take a stroll outdoors and during the journey also watch a film in small traveling "theaters". We can sleep in hotel on wheels, which also take us to our destination on our holidays, and much more. In summary: the idea of going from one point to another will be marginal: moving will be the quiet background of other things we will do for work or leisure while the vehicles will take us around.
This Allo concept pushes the boundaries by proposing yet another "social" use of the autonomous vehicles of the future. Developed by MJ Park in collaboration with BMW Designworks Munich and Korea Design Membership +, this special "van" is a mobile entertainment space.
Games room on wheels
To be more precise, Allo is a car for social gamers who want to enjoy free time together in a comfortable space. The central idea of the design is inspired by the culture of socialized play in Korea and other elements are also inspired by their lifestyle (e.g. the culture of sitting on the ground to eat, sleep and go out) and the pervasiveness of delivery services 24 hours a day, 24 days a week.
The result? A car that changes perspectives and assumes new scenarios: future generations will 'go out' in the evening by being picked up by an automatic vehicle that will host them to play and eat something together.
As mentioned, this concept van was designed for gaming. An ideal space for people who love to play or want to relax after a hard day at work to play or watch TV series together. The interior is filled with built-in displays (also rollable), controllers, and everything tech gamers require in their personal space. To give the interior a feeling of airiness, light and fresh colors are used including mint green and sky blue.
The van is equipped with its own detachable robot for pickup and delivery, which is one of the strong points. It will also be able to "intercept" delivery orders: a small mobile offshoot of it will reach the hubs where it will be supplied with food. At that point, with the "delivery" mode, the interior spaces will change to provide a comfortable seat to munch on things together.
This concept is anything but a sketch: it is the result of years of behavioral study and perceptions in user experience and industrial design. Allo is a journey that takes passengers into the imagination of the future of mobility, which will include leisure and entertainment as its main features.
In other words, the question of the last century ("see you or me?") Will become "see you everywhere". No wasted time, all quality. Or at least so hopes those who are designing and imagining the future.