Re­mote-con­trol hearses of the fu­ture can roll any­where

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

FU­TUR­IS­TIC car de­signer Charles Bom­bardier, whose sleek Arrow trike and Ka­tric cabin that moves on mag­netic levers en­sured that he is no stranger to con­toversy, has now de­signed a car that peo­ple will be dy­ing to get into. Lit­er­ally.

Called the Kor­biyor — af­ter the French word for hearse “cor­bil­lard” — the ve­hi­cle com­prise of a trans­par­ent, re­frig­er­ated cof­fin rid­ing on four Ilon wheels.

These wheels, which looks a lit­tle like the sausages twirled into a knot­ted-bun­dle by your butcher, was named af­ter its Swedish in­ven­tor in 1973, Bengt Ilon, and can sot­fly roll over most ob­sta­cles. Be­cause they also turn in any di­rec­tion, these Ilon wheels al­low the Kor­biyor to ro­tate in its own ra­dius and tra­verse pol­ished church floors with­out leav­ing a dent in the wood.

Bo­mardier, grand­son of the founder of the multi­na­tional Bom­badier com­pany, said in a state­ment the Kor­biyor would be pro­grammed to fol­low the fu­neral process by re­mote con­trol, or fol­low a pre-set path. “We cre­ated a trans­par­ent cof­fin that would be re­frig­er­ated by the ve­hi­cle’s fuel cell. This way the in­side tem­per­a­ture would re­main cool even in sunny weather.

The cof­fin could be made of plas­tic, glass, or any other ma­te­rial. A trans­par­ent casket could be in­ter­est­ing if you want peo­ple to see the per­son one last time. The casket would need to re­spect cer­tain di­men­sions so it could be low­ered in­side the ve­hi­cle or raised for un­load­ing.

Bom­bardier said im­ages or videos could be pro­jected on the floor be­tween the wheels of the ve­hi­cle, and the speak­ers could play the de­ceased’s favourite mu­sic. “For ex­am­ple, if the per­son liked jazz mu­sic, the Kor­biyor could play jazz and pro­ject slides dur­ing the pro­ces­sion.”

Bom­bardier said there will al­ways be a need for ve­hi­cles like the Kor­biyor. “Fu­neral pro­ces­sions have been around for thou­sands of years, and the Kor­biyor con­cept sim­ply tries to imag­ine how to­day’s hearses could evolve if you in­te­grate driver­less tech­nol­ogy, ro­bot­ics, mul­ti­me­dia, and try to celebrate the de­parted in a new way.”

PHOTO: LU­NATIC KON­CEPTS

The Kor­biyor con­cept as imag­ined by Ab­hishek Roy, founder of Lu­natic Kon­cepts, a de­sign lab based in Mum­bai, In­dia.

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