Dear friends, the conceptual design in front of you is known as the Tesla Pod, a concept rendered from the mind of Fabio Martins, a product and transport designer from Lisbon, Portugal, with a love for just about everything move (this design also served as Martin’s master’s thesis). Now, I’ve gone through the rest of the project, and it’s revealed exactly how the Pod is designed.
In the last article on this design, I mentioned that the whole system is made up of more than one type of vehicle. However, all of the vehicles mentioned use the same standard skateboard chassis, very similar to what REE currently has on the market.
The second part of the project focuses solely on the design of the pod, and that will be the focal point today.
The first variant of Pod is known as the Commercial Module (CM). With this design, Martin aims to answer the call for autonomous cargo handling by creating a cargo pod that includes absolutely nothing inside except space. Speaking of which, the interior theoretically offers 4 cubic meters (141 cubic feet) of cargo space.
While all of this normally creates a massive vehicle, using a skateboard platform and adapting an AI to take over the driving functions, the CM is able to keep size to a minimum, while still carrying so many goods as human-controlled vehicles.
The loading and unloading doors are a feature that stands out from other cargo designs that we may have seen. Since the Pod does not include a cockpit, it features a uniform design; the front and rear of the module look alike and offer the same cargo loading possibility. This results in two hatches that lift up on the front and back of the pod to allow loading. Another set of side doors mounted on a sliding mechanism also allows loading from the sides.
The second variant of the Pod is known as the Public Module (PM), a vehicle intended for exactly what you think, transporting people. For this module, Martin created a vehicle with a roof much higher than the CM so that passengers could easily fit inside.
Another difference here is the absence of these front and rear hatches. Because people are going to take a ride aboard the PM, Martin thought it would be a good idea, but also a safe idea, to seal the front and back of the module with a full glass strip that extends along the entire length of the roof. . It also helps keep passengers busy with a view of the world around them.
As for entering the module, it is done in a similar way to the CM, but this time the sliding doors are much larger and reveal an interior that even offers passengers a place to sit. The remaining passengers will be able to stand.
Again, the same stand-alone platform is used for the modules, and if you remember the old article we featured on this design, this platform can also become a sort of sedan, really helping to bring the whole thing together. set of Tesla theme.
Of course, you might be thinking that this is just a concept and rendering. Absolutely correct. However, let’s not forget that every material object, especially vehicles, that surrounds us in our daily lives once started out as nothing more scribbled on a piece of paper.