Mike and Maaike's ATNBL: The End of Driving
Mike and Maaike, the San Francisco-based experimental design duo, has a new concept that’s challenging the way we think about the need to drive. ATNBL (derived from the combination of "Autonomy" and "Automobile"), is a concept for a vehicle for the year 2040, that represents the end of driving and a new approach to car design. The automated car asks you, upon entering, "Where can I take you?" and is reminiscent of our fantasies of futuristic driverless technologies. ATNBL is all-electric, solar-assisted, provides seating for 7, and offers a space for comfort or socializing.
The concept combines the allure of public transportation (not having to pay attention behind the wheel), and the personalized experience of a traditional automobile. While we realize that ATNBL is probably decades away from reality, it is nonetheless a provocative concept that makes me wonder why driving as we know it is such a habit.