Mini Backs Design of Stained Glass Driverless Car [w/Video]
Sure, it sounds like something Pope Francis might drive, but Mini is backing the design of a stained glass car. And, this being the 21st century, of course it's also driverless. For the upcoming London Design Festival (Sept. 17-21, if you're interested), Mini has brought together progressive young designers to explore how design and technology could transform the way we travel in years to come. Apparently stained glass is on the agenda.
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British artist, designer, and inventor Dominic Wilcox came up with the idea. He thinks because cars will be fully automated in the near future, there is going to be no need for crumple zones, airbags, and other ugly safety technology. Frankly, I never cared what my safety technology looked like as long as it saved me in a collision.
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Wilcox suggests, "The safe, driverless cars of the future will free up designers to create radically different car designs, ones that you can just sit in and sleep while it drives you to your destination. I was really struck by the stained glass windows of Durham Cathedral. I thought, 'Why don't we use that so much in contemporary design?'"
Actually, Wilcox is thinking of future design. In the accompanying video, he ponders what transportation will be like in 2059 when Mini celebrates its centennial. Like others, he espouses the belief it will be safer to be in a driverless than one piloted by a human. "We can have a shell of any kind," he says, explaining the motivation behind his stained glass car.
Curious if that stained glass car will get you to heaven any faster during a crash?
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