The IED Turin design university in collaboration with Quattroruote have taken the wraps off the Shiwa concept during the ongoing Geneva Motor Show.
The IED Shiwa is an interesting prototype for an autonomous electric vehicle and its name is derived from the Japanese word for “fold,” with the Shiwa having a Japanese creator: Youngjin Shim and eleven other students who are currently completing their master’s degree at the university. The model is inspired by the Japanese art of origami and has a diamond-shaped exterior which is manufactured from a “metal composite material” that has been adorned with an aluminum finish. We also see LED headlights and an exterior OLED display that can display the charging level of the car’s batteries. And since the concept is autonomous from the get go, the designers have eschewed the classic automotive appearance of having a windscreen and side windows.
The institute was actually coy on providing many details about the cabin, only saying it has been equipped with a couple of lounge seats that face each other and can host a total of four people. There’s also an advanced multimedia system to keep passengers entertained and the technology also includes something called to be an “Individual Identity Companion Vehicle” – meaning the concept can learn the identity and interests of its passengers and modify its behavior accordingly. Performance wise, the design study has been equipped with four electric motors and has an all-wheel drive arrangement.