Montréal, Québec, Canada
The Transvolution is a radical concept which combines both air and road travel allowing passengers to reach their city centre destinations much more quickly and efficiently. The Transvolution concept was imagined in March 2019. It was designed by Martin Rico, who studied design at the University of Buenos Aires and who also created the PDM25 urban airport for Imaginactive along with the Singapore Special hypersonic scramjet. Rico also designed the Ambular, an earlier design also sponsored by Imagineactive.
The Transvolution concept was inspired in part by a recent concept Imaginactive published called the Cloudraker. The Cloudraker concept is an all electric jet with a detachable cabin, the jet lands on the base of an electric train, the wings and engines detach and fly away and the passengers take rail to their final destinations sitting in the same cabin. Because of the extreme technical challenges of the Cloudraker, Imaginactive decided to create a four (4) passenger road and air vehicle called the Transvolution which they felt would be much easier to create and therefore decided to explore this idea further.
Flying, disembarking and transferring to other modes of transportation is very time consuming. The Transvolution concept tries to envision a way in which autonomous electric cars and air travel can be combined.
The Transvolution is an all electric vehicle with a central cabin which can either fly or drive on the road. The cabin fits inside the frame of four wheeled road vehicle chassis and can be used for ground transportation. When the passenger needs to fly, a set of wings will fly to and attach to the cabin, lifting the cabin for its intended flight. The road chassis will then drive autonomously to a parking spot, garage or designated parking place and remain their until needed again.
The drone wing could detach itself easily from the cabin and fly to the nearest charging station using its eVTOL capacity. The car’s lower base would be similar to an electric sports car designed for road use. The autonomous base of the Transvolution would be engineered to capture the cabin and lock it in place. This vehicle could be rented and used when the available vehicle or aircraft was charged and available.
The Transvolution might be the future of intermodal transportation. People could own cabins (or the cockpits) that could transpose on various types of machines including the car chassis, the wing, trains and hydrofoils.
- Imaginactive website
- Imaginactive Transvolution web page
- Facebook website
- Article: Transvolution: Supercarro ou carro voador?, Motor24, Jun. 2, 2019
- Article: Flying SPORTS CAR has detachable drone so you can fly away from traffic jams, Mirror, Jun. 4, 2019
- Video: Transevoltion, Imagineactive, Jun. 5, 2019
- Article: Fly away with me! Crazy concept from Canadian firm would let you turn your sports car into a DRONE to fly away from traffic jams, Daily Mail, Jun. 5, 2019