Design studios and noted automakers alike have used their time to test the waters of the semi and fully autonomous tech installed inside the vehicle, but not as much time wondering about the new exterior possibilities. Nowadays, it has become common for famous automakers to release their concepts on electric motors and autonomous tech, and these futuristic cars convey very different forms and shapes unlike the ones we see every day.
Now, imagine the future of transportation if there's no need for internal combustion engine and how will it affect the automotive business all around the world. Design house Camal recently came up with a concept on how a vehicle could possibly work by fusing elements from the past and future.
The concept we are talking about is what the mentioned design studio called "assisted carriage". This concept utilizes horsepower and no combustion engine, and trust us as we are not horsing around here. Literally 2 horses will be used to pull the vehicle, just like an old-school buggy. As the horses will gain speed, the vehicle's wheel movement will charge the fitted batteries and the vehicle's electric motors can aid in the momentum in the situation where the horses get tired.
Viva Concept will be able to run on electric power alone and can readily navigate autonomously when the driver will leave the animals in their own stables. For its exterior design, it comes off as simple with futuristic touches. Long, textured rails extend down each side of the carriage, and 2 wheels are situated at the front. The passengers are seated in the large pod, and a spherical wheel is located at the back.
For now, Camal's released illustrations of the Viva do not indicate the measurements but we assume that the vehicle would be a big one. According to the company, the Viva is estimated to be at 23 ft (7 m) long. For your reference, a Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended measures a good 20 ft (6.092 m) long. The Viva is also 8.2 ft (2.5 m) wide and 6.6 ft (2m) tall. The futuristic carriage/vehicle's generous size provides a plush interior, as 4 passengers would face each other from pairs of big, comfy chairs found on each side of the interior.
Even if it is rather evident that the horse and buggy transportation will not replace vehicles as mainstream means of transport anytime soon, we can give mad props to Camal for the ingenious concept presented. For the record, the Viva is not the first autonomous concept coming from Camal. The Edit concept was the first one, and it was a highly modular design with all levels of autonomy, from 0 through 5. Furthermore, when the world will run out of fossil fuels at any given time, maybe this mode of transport will overtake the world. Now that's what we call horse-power.