Autonomous Mobile Hotel Rooms
Important Innovations in Transportation
Here's an entrepreneurial gamble on future travel innovation. Hotel rooms on autonomous wheels. Driverless, self-driving vehicles that pick you up at your house or travel takeoff point and take you in your fully equipped hotel room suite, to your destination. It's called Autonomous Travel Suites (ATS). It's the innovation of Aprilli Design Studio's Steve Lee of Toronto. Lee calls it a hybrid concept combining his expertise in hotel architecture/design and futuristic technology. The concept won this year's Radical Innovation Concept of the year, a design competition for the hospitality industry.
Mobile Hotel Suites
The mobile hotel suites are designed for journeys of 6 to 10 hours. They contain essentially what you find in a hotel room. They come in a range of sizes for solo travelers to families. Lee envisions them being operated by "autonomous hotels" that would serve as maintenance stations for the vehicles and provide amenities like swimming pools for travelers.
Lee is talking with automotive companies about power for the vehicles. He's focused on electric or hydrogen fuel cells. The time frame for deployment of vehicles like the ATS is within the decade. Lee thinks it will happen first in cities like New York and Boston and that it will be a major competitor to air travel on the east and west coasts.