Engineers and designers are usually at odds when it comes to making cars. What makes a car beautiful and unique, will also make it tougher to manufacture. The Michelin Challenge Design tries to bridge this gap by establishing a closer relationship with the design community—combining technical innovation with transportation design to create vehicles that consumers want to buy and will enjoy driving.

One of the more innovative concepts presented at this year Michelin Challenge Design is the single passenger Drop. The Drop comes from the mind of Rubem De Floriani, a 26-year-old product design graduate of Catholic University at Rio de Janeiro.

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Drop was developed following a new vehicle modality where people instead of being isolated by their vehicles; they become part of a mobile community. Each person is able to personalize his/her car to the individual personality. The innovation of the Drop comes from its ability to change angles and use less road space depending upon needs or its location.

The Drop can be access by a frontal hatchway that is also the windshield. In this case, the vehicle must assume the vertical position that helps the access and saves useful space in urban centers.

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The wheels are four magnetized rubber spheres that serve as a displacement and orientation electromagnetic field for the maglev system. This levitation is given between the car body and the spheres in an electrodynamics suspension system that also serves as a small damping system. This spherical system would make short maneuvers like turning around its own axle a lot easier. The contact of the rubberized wheels would be given in lightly magnetized floors, thus increasing the tack and the security of the vehicle.

Source: Michelin Challenge Design

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  (714) posted on 01.27.2012

The car was more likely to fit baby passenger because it’s very small. How can an adult human can ride this car? and where are the wheels? how can it be handled?

  (382) posted on 12.13.2011

Ha-ha! I have to agree with Durante Milano. However, I must say that it is really so strange on its platform, but it still amazed me for being such a futuristic vehicle! Seriously, I want to try driving this one!

  (347) posted on 12.2.2011

It looks like the new electric car concept; it only looks bigger on its platform. Anyway, I wonder if the manufacturers of it is truly had a plan to put it on the market even on its debut?

  (317) posted on 09.29.2011

Seriously, are they really trying to make an ’out of this world’ car? It’s like a capsule that Dragonball Z was used for transportation, I think the automaker of this were really influenced so much on that cartoon show but I must say that it is a unique car.

  (599) posted on 07.21.2011

It’s a good thing they’re going to create this one for easy living but many people will become more lazy. Furthermore, the movie Wall-E also shows that. People on that time do not know how to walk and most of them are fat because they depend on high technology being invented.

  (20) posted on 07.9.2010

Cool idea combining Audi and Toyota to create the Drop. The Audi RSQ Concept introduced in the movie iRobot drove on spheres. The Toyota i-Real Concept is a single person vehicle that has multiple sitting angles depending on it’s use. Maybe Rubem De Floriani should’ve called it the i-Drop.

  (428) posted on 02.21.2010

People are that lazy now eh? I mean it’s not that difficult to stand and walk for a few minutes that they had to make a gadget that helps them to stand tall and walk. Well, the movie Wall-E might just happen because of our laziness.

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