Emerging transit modes may soon transform our daily travel routines. In anticipation of the coming shift, we created a concept mobility service to illustrate our vision for the future of commuting.

Planning

Subscription Travel

Commutes are regular and recurring so we envisioned Hover as a subscription service like Netflix or Blue Apron. Hover offers an affordable starting plan, covering basic weekly travel in simple passenger cars, with the ability to upgrade for additional amenities like specialized work and gym cars, or add-on products and services like meals and peripherals. Hover also partners with a wide range of consumer brands to provide exclusive offerings like popup dining, shopping, and entertainment experiences.

Boarding

Biometric Ticketing

With Hover, you’ll never need to worry about boarding passes or security lines. Hover uses a multipoint biometric identification system to recognize you and make sure you get where you’re going safely and quickly. Instead of centralized security bottlenecks, Hover uses a distributed network of compartmentalized spaces with a blend of facial, iris, gait, and device recognition. And once you’ve been identified, you’ll be personally welcomed and guided with environmental wayfinding throughout stations and vehicles.

Departure

Adaptive Spaces

Hover trains can reach speeds of nearly 700 mph, but gradual acceleration and deceleration periods, and banking during turns ensure the ride is always comfortable. Immersive interfaces and displays help orient and prepare riders during moments of transition, and adaptive interior layouts provide forward-facing seating during departure which transforms for maximum comfort and utility once the train is at cruising speed. They also allow for both individual and group seating configurations.

Travel

Modular Experiences

At the core of the Hover service is a modular system of car layouts that enable a wide variety of travel experiences. Basic passenger cars support comfortable daily commutes for both adults and children, dining cars offer a range of food and drink options, and sleeping cars provide rest and relaxation for longer routes. Work cars act as mobile offices, shopping cars as moving popup stores, entertainment cars as immersive cinemas or holodecks, and health cars as gyms, spas, or remote medical clinics.

Arrival

Seamless Transitions

Hover’s vactrain network specializes in high-speed long-range commuting, but we know that real everyday travel often involves multiple modes of transport. Hover works with a variety of mobility partners to support end-to-end travel experiences. Our trip planning services incorporate walking, biking, public transit, and air travel, and our modular train cars double as autonomous vehicles to provide seamless passenger experiences with comprehensive door-to-door last-mile service.

Perspectives

Think About It

To learn more about our thoughts on the future of design for travel and vehicle experiences, read our mobility perspectives, or just drop us a line.

Punchcut

Design for the Future

As specialists in UX for next-generation connected experiences, Punchcut partners with leading automotive and transportation companies to design new travel and mobility experiences for consumers. Our insight-driven methods, in-depth research, and strategic design solutions deliver critical perspectives on emerging technology and human behavior that drive new product ideas and strategies for growth.

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