The project was initially launched in China just under one year ago. Different residents of China were asked to get involved and design various concept vehicles and different technologies, hence the project title “People’s Car Project”. The original project deadline was meant to end this year, however that has been extended after a phenomenal amount of interest. All ideas were submitted online through a dedicated Volkswagen website. In total there were 119,000 submissions with 33 million hits.
The Auto China 2012 displayed one of those concepts, a spectacular Hover Car. This is an environmentally vehicle which has two seats. The car floats above the ground using electromagnetic MagLev technology. This is perhaps the perfect solution for getting around the city. It’s fuel efficient, friendly towards the environment and most importantly extremely practical. Don’t expect like the cars that you see in Futurama. The car was designed to hover just above ground level.
Another idea showcased at the Auto China event was a wonderful Music Car. It is a very individual type of vehicle which blends into whatever music track that it is playing. That means the colour of the body will change as different music is played with the use of organic light diodes. This vehicle is designed to attract the younger generation.
The Smart key concept is also set to be shown off at the event. The 9 mm item is a futuristic tool which has a high resolution screen built within. This allows drivers to check on various elements within the vehicle such fuel consumption and climate conditions. The car’s security can be checked upon with the 3G network.
A new era
Luca de Meo, a marketing executive for Volkswagen said “The People’s Car Project in China marks the beginning of a new era in automobile design. We are no longer just building cars for, but also with customers and at the same time initiating a national dialogue which gives us a deep insight into the design preferences, needs and requirements of Chinese customers.”
It is unlikely that any of these concepts will be developed anytime soon but it is quite exciting to see such futuristic ideas. Perhaps we will see such cars in the future.