Self-parking Bang 自动泊车多功能坊 MOTOElastico The development of Shared and Self-driving Vehicles is radically changing our relationship with automobiles. For the new generations of urban citizens, owning a vehicle is not a milestone anymore: cars have lost their aura and this is creating new and unexpected behaviors. We foresee a dual scenario.
In the city, cars will become neutral spaces shared by different people in search of an easy ride or better, a place to rest. Recent statistics on the use of shared cars in Japan show that in 30% of the cases people don’t even drive the vehicle: they park it in designated areas and they use it as a personal space to rest, nap, change clothes or have a coffee.
Self-driving vehicles will provide an opportunity that goes well beyond the mere improvement of mobility: they will become a flexible platform customized according to people’s needs or desires.
Speculating on current South Korea urban structure, we imagine that these vehicles will be turned into movable Bang, room for rent where you can sing a song, watch a movie, play games, rest, relax in a bath, have a drink, fish and more: you can do it alone or with your friends, while the car moves or it is parked. It is the birth of the Self-parking Bang.
The industry will use the vehicle platform to develop different forms of movable Bang. Customers will be able to book a free unit through an app. The app will take advantage of the city current database and will suggest a time and a behavior, however customers will be able to choose according to their preference: a fixed time, a certain itinerary, a loop, a designated parking and so on.
Functions of the Bang will start from a minimal unit, the Bathroom, offering relax and comfort on the way to an appointment, all the way to classic entertainment, like the norebang (karaoke). Possibilities are endless and the reality will surpass our imagination.
In private, cars will become fantastic objects used as game simulators to enhance the virtual pleasure of driving, an experience almost completely forgotten by self-driving users. These equipped car bodies will be parked in living rooms and not in garages, recreating the intimate relationship between the vehicle and its owner. They will provide a dream like background for a lifestyle that has been radically transformed by the new forms of mobility.
The project, rather than developing a new technology, is aiming to explore new behaviors that will take advantage of the smartness of developing cities.
Credits: Simone Carena, Marco Bruno, Minji Kim
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