(http://assets.cgsociety.org/nvart/421723_1277871951/1024bound)My project envisions a future highway system predicated on naturally occurring wind and air powered propulsion. In this scenario, vehicles derive energy from the infrastructure, which in turn draws energy from the environment. There are two parts to my design: the Jet Stream Super-Highway, and the Hyper Wing Sail Vehicle.
The Jet Stream concept is based on an open-return wind tunnel design, which produces a continuous stream of air flow from the environment. The roadway is shaped like a half-pipe in cross section, and has a series of turbines and fans suspended above to push air into the road pathway, as well as intake vents on the flanks to continuously draw air through at a controlled rate; essentially, providing a push/pull system of air management. Sensors communicate with vehicles on the road for necessary fine tuned wind adjustments. All turbine, fans, and road lights are powered by solar panels which line the upper surfaces of the road, making the Jet Stream a 100% clean energy design.
The Hyper Wing is a first generation wind powered transport vehicle designed specifically to traverse the Jet Stream system. Its salient design feature is a vertical wing sail with dual air foils for added efficiency and control, capable of 5x amplification of wind speeds. The Hyper Wing’s body is designed to manage laminar air flow, and the outrigger wings with rear wheels extend out to provide stability during operation. Braking is achieved with a combination of air brakes and wheel brakes. When the Hyper Wing goes off the highway, it transforms into compact mode, as both the vertical wing sail and the outrigger wheels fold in; the Hyper Wing is then powered by a compact onboard battery and has independently motorized wheels.
I was greatly inspired by many aspects of Syd Mead’s work, from his strong conceptual designs that relate form and function, to his epic depictions of future cities. Above all, I drew influence from his practice of integrating a vehicle’s design with its surrounding environment. In my project, I attempted to envision a holistic picture of a possible future transport scenario, a co-evolution of road and vehicle.
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