The IED Turin and Quattroruote have unveiled the Shiwa concept at the Geneva Motor Show.
Named after the Japanese word for "fold," the Shiwa was created by Youngjin Shim and eleven other students who are completing their master's degree at the university.
As the name suggests, the model draws inspiration from origami and features a diamond-shaped exterior which is constructed of a "metal composite material" that has been given an aluminum finish. The concept has also been equipped with LED headlights and an exterior OLED display that indicates the charging level of the car's batteries. More notably, since the car was envisioned as an autonomous vehicle, designers were free to eschew a windscreen and side windows.
The institute didn't have much to say about the interior but it features two lounge seats that face each other and comfortably accommodate a total of up to four people. The concept also has an advanced multimedia system which promises to keep passengers entertained on their journeys.
Speaking of technology, the concept is an "Individual Identity Companion Vehicle" that learns the identity and interests of its passengers and tailors its behavior to suit their needs.
Since the Shiwa is essentially a design exercise, the IED didn't say much about performance specifications. However, the institute confirmed the model has four electric motors and an all-wheel drive system.