Speculative Design: Transit 2030 (short)
Imagine a “Traffic Internet”…
What if in the year 2030, Xiaomi can partner with Chinese Government to provide a subscription transportation service.
This transportation “internet” of vehicles will be more safe and accessible to parents with children, the elderly, and the handicapped.
In addition, it will be more efficient and clean, making life better in China
Internet of Vehicles uses IoT technologies in order to create a swarm-like well choreographed traffic system
This system incorporates autonomated services like strollers for parents, wheelchair attachments for handicapped, and moving chairs.
These parts work in tandem with existing traffic network of self driving vehicles, smart lanes, and robotic parking services.
Speed controlled areas can also be energy farms.
Xiaomi Stroller: Semi Autonomous scooter unit with detachable bassinet.
Wheelchair Boost: Attach-on twin motors give autonomous capability to any standard wheelchair. The Wheelchair boost is rented out to wheelchair bound travelers on the China Smart Metro for easier travel.
It is returned at any station or partnered neighborhood convenience store at end of trip. Batteries may be switched at any station. (see Wingboost Project)
Smart Seats: Wheeled seats that move riders through the subway station. The seats securely dock into subway cars for safety during ride.
Riders line up to take smart seats at entrance of metro station, not unlike theme park rides.
Due to the highly choreographed movements of China Transit Network, this greatly reduces congestion.
Bike Sharing Platform: Bicycles available for rental at any Suguo convenience store (common in China).
Bikes will be electronically tied to be part of CTN: location of each bike is mapped, and part of collision avoidance.
Vandalism is discouraged through a karma points system.
Child Bike: Also available through sharing platform for suburban riders further from subway system.
Folding bicycle that attaches to stroller.
Front portion of bike can be returned at station as rider continues journey with stroller.
Robo Valet: Moving “drawers” for car storage underneath building eliminates hassle in looking for parking space and reduces CO2 emissions in enclosed area.
Vender machine-like nature makes car available at any entrance of building.
Mi Car: Autonomous vehicle connected to China Transit Network. Choreographed movements with other Mi Cars. Sidewalk charging when parked.
Smart Lanes: Fastlane for electric vehicles. Integration with car guidance and safety systems. Collects traffic data for navigation apps.
Energy Farming: Vehicles on highway generate electricity for the city grid
China Smart Metro: Process
The China Smart Metro project began as an idea to design a baby stroller to ll the unique needs of urban parents in post-one child policy China.
However, through interviews and primary research, I discovered that their pain points may not be solved through a simple stroller, but through a redesign of the entire metro system.
The painpoints that parents with infants face on the metro were symptoms indicative of larger problems coming from society itself.
Parents with Infants
A key insight gained from interviews with new parents who frequently use metro revealed that common pain points come from inconvenience of carrying the stroller when not in use. The Xiaomi Stroller seeks to solve that problem by taking the form of a shared autnomous scooter that a baby bassinet can attach to. The ability to relinquish the stroller allows more freedom between stops and destinations
Further research showed that it is dif cult for wheelchair users to move around inside of a metro station. Having elevators is not a complete solution: it is tiring for a disabled person to roll themselves a further distance, if they can even locate the elevator.
The Xiaomi wheelchair booster is detachable and allows wheelchair users a powered option without the need to switch to a different wheelchair.
Early iterations utilized a central hub attached to wheel with removable battery. However, it evolved to sit neatly atop the wheel for easier installation and better user experience.