At the 2013 LA Design Challenge the Japan-based JAC Motors R&D Center has presented a project of a futuristc urban transportation system called HEFEI (Harmonious Eco-Friendly Efficient Infrastructure).
This advanced mobility solution takes inspiration from the self-sufficiency of the eco-systems in nature and provides a “symbiosis” between vehicles and their urban environment.
The system consists of a number of self-powered towers, featuring wind turbines on the inside, which transmit energy via a power grid to the network of autonomous vehicles.
The conventional roads are replaced by a floor surface located under the pedestrian area, and integrated with the infrastructure power grid.
Users can access the vehicles in dedicated areas located at the base of the towers.
The vehicles, produced in Eco-Factories using nano-Technology and a self-assembly process, are compact three-wheelers with a 2+1 interior that offers maximum comfort to its passengers.
When not in use, the vehicles can park themselves on special vertical structures integrated in the towers, and a roof-integrated propeller is deployed to act as an additional wind turbine generator.
- Project Lead: Frederic Dupuis-Jung
- Design Team: Frederic Dupuis-Jung, Keiji Omaki, Nicolas Blondeau, Keishi Yoshikawa
- 3D & Animation: Kentaro Kaneko, Ryo Kojima, Dua Xiong, Hirofumi Kamezawa
(Source: LA Auto Show)