The concept

The Spike is driverless electric vehicle with no front windshield and no driver’s seat. Its interior looks like a lounge and features a modular seating arrangement for two, three, or four passengers facing each other.

The Background

When I started thinking about this idea, I wanted to create a sleek, efficient and comfortable vehicle that could transport up to four people in their morning commutes, or for longer family road trips with lots of luggage. I also wanted the passengers to be in an immersive experience where they can feel closer to each other. The car industry is evolving towards driverless vehicles, so passengers could technically sit facing each other, and maybe the use of windshields will become less and less important in the future. With these ideas in mind, I started discussing the concept with Boris Schwarzer, and the Spike started to take form.

How it works

The Spike is an electric vehicle equipped with liquid-cooled electric motors. It can recharge its batteries in your garage using a wireless inductive charging system, so you wouldn’t need to plug it in. It would be designed mainly as a commuting vehicle or to ride on highways, hence its aerodynamic shape. Passengers would enter through side gullwing doors large enough to access the front and rear seats. The interior would feature a lounge table that could be lowered into Spike’s floor manually or with an electric motor at the touch of a button. This table would also be adjustable in height and would feature embedded inductive chargers so that your laptop or smartphone could remain charged during each trip.

The width of the Spike is designed to seat four adults in a 2+2 configuration (side-by-side). However, some people require more room, so the Spike’s interior could also be ordered as a 1 + 1 vehicle, meaning it would feature single seats facing each other. This option would feature wider luxury seats with side compartments for beverages that could be cooled or heated. Of course, a 1+2 seating arrangement could also be available.

If you are commuting in a driverless vehicle, why bother with a windshield? The vehicle would be stronger without it, and the occupants will still be able to see outside by looking through the side power windows, the panoramic rooftop or viewing the front and rear on LCD screens. Luggage compartments would be located at the front and rear of the vehicle.

What it’s used for

The Spike is first and foremost a commuting car also designed for intercity travel. A small version could probably be envisioned with a 1+1 seating arrangement, but the whole idea behind this concept is how our vehicles will evolve if we no longer need to drive them. How will the interior change, and will some obsolete items be removed? Boris and I tried to thinks about these questions, and we are proposing with the Spike a futuristic vision, which, as always, is open for discussion.

The Designer

I would like to thank Boris Schwarzer, who created the renderings of the Spike and contributed to the whole concept. Boris is based in Michigan, U.S.A. He went to the College of Creative Studies. He also created the images for the Hyperjolt.