Coventry uni professor unveils design for a 'Covid-proof car'
A professor at University of Coventry has revealed a design for a shared mobility vehicle that is designed to protect passengers from COVID-19.
Do you remember all those sci-fi movies that showed people in the future using shared mobility vehicles that looked as if they were designed by the same people that made the Vauxhall Vectra? Well, according to University of Coventry that vision is fiction no more.
The project we are going to look at today was made by Paul Herriotts, a professor at University of Coventry's Institute for Future Transport and Cities, who stated:
“It’s only very recently that the future of transport seemed to be moving from personal transport to shared mobility...But the world is now in a very different place and what recently seemed an appealing vision of the future now seems less attractive with our COVID-19 awareness.”
Workers at a Hyundai factory disinfecting new cars.
What does Herriotts vision consist of? Well, the inside of the car is kept clean through the use of UV light treatment between journeys, which is done by micro-robots. This job is also made easier by the absence of stitching on the seats and also by the usage of copper to make handrails, which has anti-viral properties.
When the cleaning is completed, an indicator on the outside displays the level of cleanliness, and if it's on green, the doors open touch-free as you approach.
I must say, the idea is very impressive and has a lot of potential, although I don't really understand why is it not possible to simply attach such a system to an already-existing vehicles such as taxis, instead of building a whole vehicle from scratch with the system, which would be more expensive and lack reliability.