Here's what the morning commute was missing: magnetic levitation for your own personal vehicle. A Chinese design team envisions futuristic transportation that would allow individual commuter cars to drive on a maglev-like track.
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Chinese designers Zhen Qiu, Haowen Deng and Dong Chuang proposed a transportation system for the 2014 Michelin Challenge, a contest created by the automotive tire company to promote innovation and creativity in vehicle design. Their AKA24 concept calls for transparent pod-like personal vehicles that can be driven onto a special track. When you get close to the side, the vehicle gets magnetically pulled into a vertical "undriven" mode. A gyroscopic interior compartment keeps the driver upright for the ride.
"Wheels inspired by the memory fabric of Batman's cape from ‘Batman Begins' would contract and fold into their axles while in train mode, popping back out as you re-enter the roadway," Dvice's Colin Druce-McFadden explained. Yanko Design also highlighted the concept. The Chinese team ultimately placed second in the contest.