Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Concept envisions the future of luxury autonomous cars

Concept Cars 5 Mar 2015
Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Concept envisions the future of luxury autonomous cars

With the GEA Concept revealed at the Geneva Show, Italdesign shows its vision for a luxury, autonomous vehicle, shifting the focus to the rear passengers and offering three operating modes: business, wellness and dream.


Designed and built at the Italdesign Giugiaro headquarters in Moncalieri, the GEA concept is based on the “Piloted Driving” technology and is characterized by generous proportions – it is 5.37 meters long, 1.98 m wide and 1.46 meters high, while the wheelbase is 3.33 meters long.

Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Concept

The powertrain features four electric motors fitted on the differentials, developing a total of 570 k, enabling a top speed of 250 km/h.

Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Concept

Even if the focus is not set on the driving experience, yet the GEA showcases a sporty look, with sinuous, muscular shapes.

Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Concept

The height of nearly 1.5 meters and the greenhouse dimensions demonstrate the attention to the interior comfort.

Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Concept - Design Sketch

The proportions are balanced by the long wheelbase and by the 26” wheels, fitted with 295/25 R 26 tires, and milled from a solid block of aluminum in a pattern with 60 spokes.

Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Concept - 60 spokes wheel The sixty-spoke wheel, featuring a different treatment of the surface of each spoke, with diamond finish on the outside and dulled to opaque on the inside elements of extreme stylistic appeal. In the middle, the large red G conceals the single nut that connects the wheels to the hubs.

The chassis and body make extensive use of aluminum, carbon fiber and magnesium, which allow to achieve a total weight of just over 2,000 kg.

When the car is operated in driverless mode, the side windows are polarized and tinted to match the car body, painted Obsidian Blue, achieved with three coats applied between the fine pearl black and the deep xirallic blue.

A slim chrome molding surrounds the glass surfaces, while a second chrome element runs along the perimeter of the car body, enhancing the front bumper, door sills and the rear bumper.

Italdesign-Giugiaro-GEA-Concept---Headlight

The front and rear lighting system is based on Audi laserlight and LED technology. The red G which has distinguished all Italdesign Giugiaro concept cars since 2007, set in the middle of the rear, is illuminated and contains the camera which serves as both a rear-view mirror and a parking assistant.

“For some years now, light clusters – thanks to new technologies – have shed their sole purpose of serving to become a distinguishing stylistic feature,” continues Wolfgang Egger, “and they are further cause for creative stimulus for us designers. With GEA we went further still: in this case, they become a communication tool between the interior and the exterior. The LEDs change color according to the driving mode selected: white in normal configuration and blue with piloted driving.”

Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Concept - Virtual red carpet

Thanks to the book-type doors, to the absence of a B-pillar and to the virtual red carpet projected onto the ground by the LED inserted in the door sill, passengers gain easy access to the inside of the GEA’s lounge.

Interior Design

Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Concept - Interior Design

Inside, the cabin is split into two separate areas, also in terms of colors: the driver’s area and the passenger area.

A soft, relaxed atmosphere created by the use of materials with neutral colors – woven parchment-leather, painted lacquer, smooth opalescent parchment-leather and soft shiny silk – not stained but instead retained in their natural coloring.

Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Concept - Interior Design Sketches

The emotional theme of the surfaces is “writeability”, the nabuck leather and the silk carpet afford two-tone tactile effects.

The main control center for the rear seats is a sphere-shaped control matched to a LG G-Flex smartphone, fitted with a specific app that allows to interact with all the vehicle functions.

The GEA Concept offers three different operating mdoes.

Business mode

The Business mode turns the car into a traveling office, with the LEDs in the door panels projecting a white light which aids concentration and productivity, while two transparent 19-inch LED screens come down from the roof opposite the rear seats. The dashboard graphics change and create a single setting to match the background of the two screens.

The front passenger seat can swivel 180° to face opposite the direction of travel, facilitating dialogue among all passengers; alternatively, the seat back can be folded down fully onto the seat to turn it into a practical counter top.

Wellness mode

The wellness mode, developed in conjunction with Technogym, is ideal during long journeys because it allows the passenger to perform isometric exercises, which are ideal to warm up the muscles. In this case, the LEDs in the panel turn an amber color, for a warmer and more relaxing ambiance.

Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Concept - Interior Design Sketch

The rear seats feature two aluminum handles which, on pressing a sensor, come out of the tray to be used for exercises on the upper body. For the lower limbs, the floor has been fitted with two boards, also made by Technogym, which can be raised using the controls for use in step exercises. A tutorial video with the Technogym exercise programs appears on the monitors to guide the user.

Italdesign Giugiaro GEA Concept - Interior Design Sketch

There is also a small refrigerator compartment between the two seats which can be used for cold drinks and juices. At the top, a small drawer contains cosmetics and a perfumed pouch for aromatherapy.

Dream mode

Dream mode is dedicated to total relaxation. The LEDs project a relaxing blue light, the windows darken and relaxing pictures of galaxies and starry skies appear on the monitors and on the front dashboard.

Two comfortable footrests can be extended out from the seats and the right-hand rear seat can extend fully to form a real bed joining up with the front seat, swiveled to face opposite the direction of travel but with the seat back up, to reproduce the typical environment found when flying first class.

Technical Features

The architecture of GEA develops around a platform devised specifically with a new layout capable of incorporating the 375-litre batteries that power the four electric motors, of 142 kW each, housed on the differentials.

The power train develops 570 kW and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h. The recharging system is induction, which is a solution that dispenses with the need for a side flap for the electric socket, thereby guaranteeing continuity in the smooth silhouette of the car body.

Partnership with LG

Under collaboration with Italdesign Giugiaro (IDG), LG has supplied 12.3-inch full HD IPS display for the instrument cluster and the information displays located at the center and on the passenger side. 6-inch HD curved plastic OLED (P-OLED) is introduced to the front/rear console of the concept car. From the outer view, LG’s surface illumination LED technology decorates the tail lamp of the car and three rear cameras are buried to replace conventional mirrors. Those cameras can be seen only when operational.

LG is also exhibiting the brand new smart watch. It is a genuine device that you wear like a watch. It features a full circle display delivering stunning images with superb clarity. It allows users to get feeds and information from the smartphones simply right onto their wrists. The LG’s Smart watches have proven popular for their classy looks blurring the lines between traditional watch design and modern smart watch functions.

(Source: Italdesign Giugiaro)

 

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