Renowned Italian automotive design studio Italdesign celebrated its 55th anniversary at CES 2023 in Las Vegas with Climb-E, an autonomous transportation concept that can ensure a seamless private travel experience. Climb-E incorporates the evolution of local sustainable urban mobility concepts into sustainable urban mobility. Innovative in many ways, but the technology used to add graphics to the rear horizontal backrest surface covered in Alcantara is noteworthy: created by Stratasys and customized with a J850 TechStyle 3D printer ( 3DFashion technology) directly onto the fabric using plastics compatible with approved standards.
The Climb-E project was created from a collaboration between Italdesign, the Schindler Group, leader of the elevator, escalator and moving walk departments, and the Polytechnic University of Turin – Department of Architecture and Design, Interateneo’s Department of Land Science, Design and Design. I was. policy. The project also confirms his Italdesign’s role as a ‘technology enabler and hub’ that can integrate different industrial sectors to foster and develop innovation.
Claudia Gilardi, CMF Designer at Italdesign, explains why she chose Stratasys’ direct-to-textile 3D printing technology for her Climb-E concept car, using Stratasys 3DFashion technology to help the team create a unique textile with color and haptics. I pointed out that I was able to create the design. Texture that cannot be achieved with other techniques.
When configured for residential public service, the minimalist design of the interior allows complete freedom to configure and install equipment and instruments according to their function. A wide choice of materials makes it easy to clean and disinfect the interior. This makes this use a priority compared to the purely architectural and aesthetic aspects of the version for private use.
In fact, Climb-E can be integrated into next-generation and future civil and residential building structures, enabling a variety of services to be delivered directly to people’s doors in addition to their intended privately owned use. The next step is research to integrate Climb-E into the current and historical architectural heritage.
Italdesign, Schindler and Politecnico di Torino will be attending CES 2023 in Las Vegas for the first time to unveil an innovative self-driving concept that can deliver a seamless private travel experience and suite of services directly to people’s doors. Integrate into next generation and future civil and residential building structures. Further development of the project will lead to the adaptation of the concept to historic buildings and architectural heritage.
The philosophy behind the Climb-E concept dates back to the seamless transportation experience already introduced in 2017 with the Pop.Up project and in the 2018 evolution of the Pop.Up Next. This concept is combined with the innovative idea of offering a range of services directly to the user’s door.
Climb-E departs right from your door or workplace and stays in a private environment without changing cars, guaranteeing maximum comfort, completely breaking down every possible architectural barrier, and becoming more and more local. It offers the possibility of travel that is becoming more and more sensitive. problem of urban development.
It is a modular vehicle formed by individually designed capsules, capable of transporting up to four people in a standard configuration and coupled with a fully electric platform (hereafter referred to as a skid) for transport. can. It is shared rather than owned and features self-driving. A truly unique added value of this concept is that the capsule finds a natural place as an integral part of various residences and workplaces, becoming an additional room or extension.
In addition to the private use of the Climb-E concept, the modularity of the project allows different configurations that can provide a functional and exclusive private/public service. In fact, the internal configuration of the capsule allows many public services to be provided to individual users at home. The range of home services is endless. These include basic medical assistance services, telemedicine medical analysis or dental care, catering and show cooking services for private events, fully equipped home massages, home sales of a variety of products, veterinary and pet grooming services, and more.
The entire system is managed by a special app that allows owners to book trips within and outside the city, as well as book specific services. To schedule a trip, Schindler has developed a hoist, thanks to his system of collecting capsules directly from your apartment, condo or office, then pairing it with skids that are always pre-booked through the app, up the street level. should move to Upon reaching its destination, the capsule is released from the skid and coupled with another hoist for placement on the right floor of the destination building (residential/office) or another carrier for long distance travel such as Hyperloop. increase.
At the end of the service cycle, the skid will be available for future calls, taking bookings from other users or returning autonomously to charging or parking stations.Integrating Architecture and Urbanism – Visions of the Politecnico di Turin Faculty of Architectural Design and the Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies Planning
Climb-E has the dual function of transportation and extension of your home or office, creating a new connection between mobility and architecture. A hybrid of transportation and home, it’s not only smart and high-tech, but it’s also approachable and inviting.
Italdesign and Schindler are working together in this joint innovation project to design new mobility possibilities combined with urban infrastructure. The concept is based on a modular system that includes autonomous skids, elevator frames and personal capsules. This modular system of capsules that can move autonomously not only vertically but also horizontally opens up new opportunities for the cities of the future. Seamless automatic movement from door to door offers a whole new dimension of comfort. Capsule personalization offers a new level of mobility where car space, elevator space and flat space become one. The project jointly reimagines the design of buildings and façades, using connectivity to solve everyday urban problems such as traffic jams and limited parking spaces.
Thanks to self-driving and electricity, Climb-E can travel in both directions. The exterior design of the capsule is distinguished by the perfect symmetry of its shape, expressing the duality of capsule mobility. Climb-E has completely abandoned the classic notion of vehicle styling with drivers requiring front and rear.
The upward-folding side design focuses on maximum accessibility and ensures that the interior space is fully habitable and usable. On the sides, between the lower body made of composite material and the upper body formed by large windows that make the interior bright and comfortable while guaranteeing maximum privacy thanks to the option of completely blocking the glass. It features a clear separation.
Each side of the capsule has two sets of pivoting doors that can be integrated into the host building’s docking station, providing excellent access inside the capsule, even for those who use wheelchairs or have mobility difficulties.
On the outer part of the door, the surface that separates the upper glass area from the lower part, there are proximity and auto-recognition sensors for registered users and four small LED screens that can customize and display welcome onboard messages and functional messages. .
The roof features soft lines with large-scale continuous screen printing that conveys energy and speed. This is because a series of parallel lines create a continuous strip. These lines can be found everywhere inside and outside the vehicle, with a variety of functions and styles.
The top of the roof has a four-point mounting system that, when combined with a Schindler-designed lift system, allows the capsule to be moved vertically from various heights of the host building to street level and coupled with skids. .
The exterior color is metallic light blue, with a combination of gloss and matt paint to create a ‘tone-on-tone’ effect that accentuates the bodywork’s characteristic lines and exterior surfaces.
A four-point latch system with skids for on-road driving is housed in the capsule underbody. This system, like the one used on roofs to secure elevators, is an evolution of the system developed in the 2017 Pop.Up project.
This Climb-E latching system solution was obtained from Italian Patent Application N. 102018000010623 of 2018 (Applicant: Italdesign). In addition, a new patent application has been filed (applicant: Italdesign). drive the capsule. This new patent application (projection system for ground module self-driving capsule) and exterior and interior design patents applies to vehicles in general and to self-driving in particular.