In our modern times, society is facing the challenge of satisfying the rapidly increasing
need of cost-efficient, quiet and easy-to-maneuver urban vehicles, which enable a broad
spectrum of users to comfortably and affordably move around in highly populated areas.
The EU-LIVE project delivers a unique answer to this demand by launching an extraordinary
International Open Design Contest. Costumer compatibility as well as focusing on a
realistic implementation are essential key points, which significantly set this contest apart
from others. In order to make this idea come true, we asked some of Europe’s Top
designers to contribute their version of a vehicle, which meets the interests of both
environmental and consumer issues.
The foundation of the design contest has been the architecture of the L6e category vehicle.
Regarded as a contribution to the EU-LIVE modular platform, which forms the unique core of the
EU-LIVE project, this 4-wheeler was designed with a special focus on user needs and market
After a tough evaluation phase for the jury, which consisted of seven highly renowned individuals, EU-LIVE announces the three winning concepts:
1. cityFLEX by Robert Hahn (Germany)
2. SightSeeingTaxi Berlin by Jörn Lutter (Germany)
3. Smart Mobility by Hugo Bricout (France)
With his futuristic and original concept, Robert Hahn, a young Transportation Design student at
HS Pforzheim, was rewarded the first place. The “cityFLEX”, a one + one seater, is convincing
due to its flexibility based on providing the opportunity to drive it in an open or closed mode. This
concept greatly appeals to potential customer needs by enabling them to freely decide whether
they want to store a great amount of luggage or take a second person with them.
The cityFLEX proves to be a multifaceted and practical car, especially when it comes to finding a
parking lot in the city. Moreover, the easy-to-clean interior provides the perfect pre-requisite for
serving as a car sharing vehicle.
The second place goes to the outstanding concept SightseeingTaxi Berlin by Jörn Lutter, who
thrilled the jury by presenting the idea of a versatile vehicle that combines the services of a taxi
with the services of a tour guide. In fact, this concept provides the basis for a complete change in
today’s urban transport and tourism system, which would enable tourists as well as interested
locals to comfortably get to know the city while still reaching their desired destination. In an
advanced development stage, the vehicle would have even provided the possibility to function
The French freelance designer Hugo Bricout was ranked third with his intriguing Smart Mobility
concept, which delivers the perfect city compatible vehicle. Thanks to its scalable platform, it
enables the user to reduce as well as to enlarge its size. In order to provide with the possibility of
gaining more storage space and giving a second passenger a lift at the same time, there are
topcases located outside the passenger compartment. This unique storage system not only equips
the vehicle with more space but enables it to be used for car sharing.
We are greatly pleased to reward these three contestants with prize money as well as to
announce the development of, the overall winning concept, cityFLEX, into a virtual prototype,
which will also undergo a feasibility study to ensure a seamless implementation.
More at www.eu-live.eu.