Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Transports of Delight in Future

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Transports of Delight in Future

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Byline: By Tony Henderson

Environment Editor Tony Henderson gets an insight into transport of the future.

Tired of replacing your car tyres? Want tyres which renew themselves? They could be on the way.

How about a car which confounds thieves by having no doors or windows and where the body opens like a zip?

Or a vehicle which recognises the music you are playing and transforms the interior with a colour to suit the sounds?

All are ideas from transport design students at Northumbria University. With the car here to stay and the parallel need to work out the public transport systems of the future, the work of the students points to how people could be moving around over the next 25 years.

Fourteen of their concepts will be going on show at the end of this month in Turin in Italy where their work will be showcased in the motor industry's heartland.

They will meet senior executives from leading manufacturers such as Fiat and Alfa Romeo.

The transport design course was founded by tutor John Sweeney, who retired yesterday. After 33 years in transport design, John, who lives in Ponteland, has firm views on one of the major problems facing society ( transport, both public and private.

"The motor car rules the world and is not going to go away. Cars are fighting for space in every road, street and lane. People want the security and convenience of their own vehicle," he says.

"But it is imperative that we develop a superb public transport system and the trick we are missing is that it has to be made more attractive."

Student Rufus Harbud has designed a skytrain monorail system using pods, each of which is "intelligent" and knows where it is going.

Passengers on a shopping trip will use shopping pods, and the same applies to those going to work, for a night out or to the match. …

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