Hong Kong – Island is a driverless tram designed to facilitate social distancing on public transport.
The concept, designed by Andrea Ponti, has been created in response to consumer reticence about public transport following Covid-19. Double decker trams are a key feature of Hong Kong, so Ponti designed a version fit for increased health and safety measures. Its name, Island, refers to the interior design of the vehicle, where large benches facilitate social distancing and passengers sit facing outwards in a radial pattern.
Driverless technology optimises the space available, making it easier to manage travel times and ensure onboard hygiene. Ponti has also designed a tram stop, facilitating payment before boarding and an orderly flow of people.
As explored in our Urban Wellness Market, consumers are demanding that brands consider collective health and develop mobility concepts to create more civic cities.