The Nexus is a driverless minivan designed to pre-check passengers on their way to the airport. It could seat up to four passengers with their luggage.
I had this idea while I was waiting in line at the airport and thinking about the Escatek concept we designed a few months ago. I realized it would be even easier to check in and pass security and immigration before you even get to the airport, so why not create a vehicle to do that?
How It Works
The Nexus would be used specifically to ferry passengers to the airport. It would be dispatched from a mobile app, which would also provide you with information related to the pre-check operations and the flight, to be displayed on the digital table, while it sends your information to airport security agents.
The car’s platform could come from an existing minivan platform. It would feature a modified luggage trunk designed to screen baggage as well as a box for metallic objects. The trunks would be used to check the dimension and weight of each bag, and the objects in the box would be photographed and sent to the airport’s security personnel.
The doors of the Nexus would be equipped with metal detectors. Once inside the car, you would place your passport in scanners located between each seat. At this point, the Nexus app would register you to your flight seat. The Nexus would scan and tag your luggage and complete an x-ray and basic chemical analysis of them.
The vehicle would take pictures of each passenger and complete a full body scan. Upon arrival to the airport, you would be cleared for the ‘safe zone’ and proceed to pre-boarding, thus saving nearly all of the typical check-in delays.
Taxi companies specializing in airport transportation could use the Nexus to transport people and charge a premium fare for this service. It could also be used by airlines or travel agencies to gain a competitive advantage over other companies.
The Nexus concept was developed in collaboration with Ashish Thulkar, an Industrial Designer from Bangalore, India. Ashish graduated with a master’s degree in design from the Indian Institute of Science in 2014. He currently works as a freelance vehicle designer in India. He also created the Drone Tower concept and the Tridika people mover.