ERNIE, the fastest milkman in the west, got to No1 in the charts 45 years ago.
That was the last time a float was so popular.
Now a new The Float is making the headlines – as a design winner of transport of the future.
A glass, levitating, magnetic bubble car has been named the winner of a Renault design competition.
The competition, run in collaboration with Central Saint Martins from the University of Arts London, asked students of MA Industrial Design to create concept ideas for the future of autonomous, modular car design, and how infrastructure and services might support it.
The winner was unveiled on the first day of designjunction 2017, with Yuchen Cai’s ‘The Float’ on display until the end of the show on September 24.
The Float is designed to take the social interaction of Facebook into the world of cars. The glass machine will look like a bubble when on the roads, floating around using magnetic levitation tech, while able to connect to other pods to create a weird bubblewrap-style convoy. Seats can swivel and sliding doors open to force you to interact while The Float can bob around in any direction.
The concept also includes a smartphone app that lets you holler for a Float at any time – the Uber of the future, apparently.
Talking about the competition, judge Anthony Lo, Vice-President of Exterior Design at Renault, said: “This is the second time we have run a design competition with Central Saint Martins and once again our eyes have been opened to the extraordinary talent and imagination of the students and to the ways in which humans could travel in the future.”
We just need Benny Hill to ‘drive’ it.