Mercedes Benz Ivy Bus Concept ENG

Designer: András Húnfalvi

Organic urban bus concept for the year 2025. The project was supported by EvoBus Design and Mercedes-Benz Design. IVY's concept was based on the idea of creating a natural-like environment in the middle of the cities. As public transportation is the most sustainable way of travel, this bus embodies the close to the nature approach of electric vehicles. The natural forms and the the geometric frame create an interesting contrast. The transparent surfaces have multiple electrochromatic layers. The technology is called Smart Glass and used in many ways nowadays. It can shade the interior and give the passengers the atmosphere of a shady arbor while keeping it transparent to have a nice view on the city.

About the features of the concept bus: There are no usual doors on the IVY. It’s only one lamella system all the way through the side of the bus. This system allows faster fluctuation and easier access for the passengers. Each lamella is gesture controlled on a small, touch sensitive area. If the passenger wants to leave the bus it’s enough to slide a finger through it, and it will open at the next stop. The handrails are like trees touching the roof with their branches. The natural forms contrast the geometric frame balancing the whole structure. The transparent surfaces have multiple electrochromatic layers. The technology is called Smart Glass and used in many ways nowadays. It can shade the interior and give the passengers the atmosphere of a shady arbour while keeping it transparent to have a nice view on the city. The project was sponsored by EvoBus Design and Daimler AG. and supported by Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. With the IVY András Húnfalvi won the Rector's Special Award of the university's 2012 graduation session. The Project was exhibited on the Hungarian Design Award's exhibition in the Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest. Designer: András Húnfalvi Consultants: Mathias Lenz, Vincent Thess Supervisor: Prof. József Scherer