Friday, October 12, 2007

"Begs to be fondled," says the designer

Forget the flying car. I want one of these new fuel cell concept cars from Honda, featured at the Tokyo Auto Show (courtesy of Jalopnik):

'PUYO' is a Japanese onomatopoeia that expresses the sensation of touching the vehicle's soft body. It is meant to convey a warm, friendly impression.

The PUYO represents a new idea in mobility that brings together 'clean', 'safe' and 'fun' functionality in an environmentally responsible, people-friendly minimalist design featuring an ultra-high efficiency, small frame and fuel cell technology to please both users and onlookers alike.

Exterior design
The development theme for the PUYO exterior was to create a cornerless, 'Seamless Soft Box' form that is kind to both people and the environment. The goal was to create a personable design with the feel of an adorable pet, while taking advantage of the maximum spaciousness of the box-shaped design. The PUYO's 'gel body' features soft materials to promote greater real-world safety. Moreover, the body has been made luminescent to guide people into the proper operating position and notify them of the vehicle's condition, facilitating a more intimate relationship between people and their cars.

Interior design
Developed to have a 'Silky Feel', the PUYO's interior is designed to provide a refreshing, people-friendly space imbued with a feeling of transparency. Features such as an instrument panel monitor, controls that take advantage of the elastic qualities of cloth to rise up when the vehicle starts up, luminous fluid meter displays, and a joystick for intuitive operation are all designed to gently support occupants' senses and sensibilities.


Jayme Lynn Blaschke said...

What? You don't opt for Nissan's electric bubble car with the disembodied robot monkey head?

Chris Nakashima-Brown said...

Hmmm...maybe they can add that as an option. But I like the idea of the car itself being the thing you want to fondle, as opposed to the talking monkey head. Not that I don't like the monkey head I already have when, you know, it speaks to me in Japanese in that Eraserhead voice...