"In the future it will be safer to drive in a driverless car than it will in a manual car," said Wilcox. "Therefore we don’t need the protection systems that are built into contemporary cars. We can just have a shell of any design."
The designer imagined a future where all cars were controlled by computers that would eliminate collisions and accidents, meaning everyday vehicles would no longer need to be designed for safety.
Wilcox proposes that a perfectly safe self-driving car is a car that can be made out of something as fragile as glass and used as, in the case of this prototype, a sleeper car. It contains a cozy bed in which the rider can sleep while being driven to their destination. But there are many other possibilities besides a mobile bedroom. Liberated from the responsibility of driving, people could have cars that served as mobile offices, gyms, dining rooms, or lounges. The only limits are your imagination and, of course, your budget.
In addition to unveiling this daring prototype, Wilcox also launched a concept website, called TaxiRobot, where users can customize and order their own driverless cars for a variety of functions and featuring all sorts creative exterior designs.
What a trip! Just one year ago Geoff Rowley, Chima Ferguson, Rowan Zorilla, Danny Wainwright and the Vans team sessioned London’s legendary South Bank skatespot while the good people behind the Long Live South Bank movement were fighting to keep the undercroft from being demolished. We’re happy to announce that on September 18th, 2014, after 17 hard-fought months, the LLSB crew won the fight and South Bank has been saved.
Congrats to not only those that worked countless hours to make sure South Bank would be preserved for generations to come but also to the entire London skate scene past, present and future. This is no small victory and you should bask in the moment. Cheers to a job well done!