Is this how we will be travelling in the future? At InnoTrans 2014 the FUTURE MOBILITY PARK represented a central presentation platform for innovative and trendsetting transportation projects for the first time. The FUTURE MOBILITY PARK offered the interested trade visitors the possibility to look into the mobility concepts of tomorrow and to approach the visionaries in an immediate face-to-face contact.
On behalf of the magazine Witschaftswoche three international designteams were asked to create new logistic concepts, attractive interiors and contemporary facilities for the railway of the future. With Add-ons the Munich office, GERHARDT KELLERMANN OFFICE FOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGN presents an economic approach for the upgrade and modernisation of existing trains.
Only by long periods of operation trains such as the ICE Velaro become economical for companies. That's why new developments and investments in future train models are rare. With the example of the Velaro, individual options or Add-ons are presented. They allow passengers a modern and attractive train journey without high investment costs and effort on the part of the company. Despite numerous services of Deutsche Bahn like smart phone app, revised card machines, Bahncard, Bahn magazine and online-tickets there was no change concerning the "hardware" so far.
The concept of Add-ons consists of individual elements. They are built onto trains or their interior. They offer targeted solutions without large new developments. The Add-ons can react quickly and simple to the rapid development in passenger transport and their problems and requirements.
On the FUTURE MOBILITY PARK at InnoTrans three examples are shown:
1. Resting and sleeping
2. Work and entertainment
3. Rail travel as experience
Mac Stopa chief architect and designer of Massive Design is currently developing new design concepts for the next generation of ICE trains.
Mac Stopa believes that future trains will be constructed using new composite materials similar to materials that are currently under development in the aviation industry. The fast train traveling experience will be more and more similar to the airplane traveling experience.
For the future ICE train, Mac designed circular windows, which are integrated with a composite structural frame surrounding the windows and forming the light and super strong body of the train. Service wagons containing toilet blocks, storage space, vending machines and train technical areas are introduced by Mac Stopa. The development of the ICE is a complex, interdisciplinary task.
The new ICE train concept by Mac Stopa uses "ASSET" technology, which was brought to the market in recent months by New Era Materials and the Dresden company Lightweight Design Centre Saxony. Structural elements of the train's exterior and interior are constructed using light composite "ASSET" technology contributing to a significant reduction in mass and meeting the highest standards of energy efficiency and ecology.
Horizon is a conceptual transportation system for the future that hopes to eliminate delays by dynamically connecting passengers between ground and air.
Passengers would enter Horizon through their local SkyStation, the airport hub of the future. Once inside, they would board a SkyLink pod, which transports them through the city, collecting additional passengers at other SkyStations. The pod would then drive to the outskirts of the city where it is met by the SkyShip, a fully electric and autonomous aircraft, which swoops down to pick up the pods and fuel for the aircraft, without ever actually landing.
Horizon was developed by a group of four Product Design Engineers while students at the Glasgow School of Art. They have all since graduated, and started a Glasgow based design studio called Studio Globe.
Ewan Alston (Studio Globe),
The FUTURE MOBILITY PARK was located in the "trumpet" - in the passage between hall 20 and 21.