LA Design Challenge 2014: Honda CARpet Concept

Concept Cars, News 29 Oct 2014
LA Design Challenge 2014: Honda CARpet Concept

At the LA Auto Show Design Chalenge Honda Advanced Deesign Tokyo has presented the CARpet Concept, a study of a veicle featuring a human-focused interior with a carpet-like flexible platform.





Designed for the year 2029, when “vehicles have become fully autonomous and accidents a thing of the past”, the CARpet Concept is characerized by a morphing interior that feels alive – free from traditional interfaces, and with a focus on the human side.

Honda CARpet Concept - Design Panel

The cabin consists of two main elements: a carpet and a ball. The carpet is a highly flexible platform; it is created as a seamless and uninterrupted space with the freedom to change shape to your liking.

Honda CARpet Concept - Design Panel

Whether alone or with friends, traveler(s) can play with the CARpet interior to create intuitive and natural forms for their ride.

Honda CARpet Concept - Design Panel

Bringing back the joy of travel, the Honda ball allows drivers to interact during their autonomous journey. Within its closed shape, the ball provides users a calm interface that responds to vocal, touch and gesture commands for human and vehicle communications.

Honda CARpet Concept - Design Panel

In “active mode,” the driver can use the ball to control the vehicle; the synergy between car and machine emulates that between rider and horse.

Via the Honda ball, the car receives and interprets driver input to determine its optimum move. During the ride, the vehicle measures driver focus to sync it with its autonomous drive; high focus grants the user greater control and elevates the vehicle’s performance above standard capacity (giving added incentive for those who love driving).

And the shift between interacted and fully autonomous drive is seamless – allowing drivers to simply enjoy the ride.

Honda CARpet Concept - Design Panel

Design Team

  • Jonas Sandstrom, Design Lead
  • Seokmin Kim, Design
  • Dmytro Zyubyairov, Design
  • Rafik Ferrag, Design
  • Jun Goto, Advisor
  • Motoaki Minowa, Director

(Source: LA Auto Show)

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