In the magical world of electric micro-mobility, scooters, quadricycles and bicycles are now almost a standard. If you ask me to imagine a vehicle that can make its mark in the near future, however, I imagine (or rather I dream of) a sort of ecological tricycle. For this reason, when I see concepts around like this Echo my ears prick up. It is a three-wheeled vehicle with a rather radical design: more agile than a four-wheeler and safer than a two-wheeler, it is the perfect balance for the means of transport of the future. There's just one tiny problem: it's not for humans, it does everything by itself. It is autonomous.
Echo, a different autonomous vehicle for a different world
Take it one step further and imagine an autonomous tricycle, ready for the world of the 30s. It seems very close to us, but on certain aspects (let's also consider those related to transport) it could also be radically different. This Echo looks like something out of a sci-fi movie in a dystopian world. Designed by designers and artists Roman Dolzhenko (an "old acquaintance" of this site) e Dmitry Voronezhtsev, this tricycle (I would call it "Trike", but the Italian purists then beat me) is an example of what will be possible with level 5 autonomous driving. Many of the demanding activities (and perhaps even sometimes dangerous activities: a S .Francisco their ears will ring) will be entrusted to "robot vehicles" powered by artificial intelligence and self-driving, which will roam the cities. They will be able to deliver food, patrol risk areas, collect groceries, and more. Maybe with a more reassuring design than this.
Don't you find it beautiful?
The autonomous ECHO concept has three hubless wheels, with the front two reinforced by suspension systems to deal with any bumps on the road. The absence of a seat for the pilot says it all: all that is missing is seeing him around surrounded by some Boston Dynamics robot (Do you want dogs? Spot. Do you want humanoids? Atlas). Robocop, get out of the way.
This tricycle, to summarize, is clearly designed with an urban future dominated by electric vehicles in mind (or maybe hydrogen) self-driving. What are you saying? Maybe even less, huh? In the end, though, it might not even be that far-fetched ten years from now.