Details

project developed at ESDI [the design institute of Rio de Janeiro State University]

supervision

Profs. Freddy van Camp & Luiz A. Saboya

partnership

Bernardo Schorr, Diego Brito, Luisa Primo, Robert Anlauff & Saulo Macedo

year

2008

Fendeos




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Description

Fendeos is an academic work which was part of the project TAXI – Sustainable Group Transport Systems, developed by the International Project Platform Offenbach (IPPO). It proposes a two-passenger vehicle to comply with Rio de Janeiro urban centre mobility demand.

In order to contemplate the taxi driver, it features a suitable work station with the inclusion of elements such as proper seat for specific several-driving-hour condition, an ‘infotainment’ touchscreen monitor, a GPS system and a driver’s personal belongings compartment.

It also benefits the passengers with important improvements in accessability matters due to its concealing door — that slides beneath the car — and to the easy access to its internal luggage compartment.


Inspiration

The starting point for developing the concept was the observation of the context of Rio de Janeiro city, in which there are approximately 32,000 independent taxi drivers.

In this sense, we have identified and worked with issues such as lack of organization, illegality, failure in communication, poor conditions of urban traffic and pollution.


Goals

The project goal is to create a new system for taxi service in Rio de Janeiro, with its focus on the needs of two main users: the driver and executive passengers.

The first works mainly in the downtown area and does not have a proper work station to his professional activity. The latter, due to their need of time optimization, suffer with the vehicle access difficulty as well as with the lack of agility of this kind of transportation, as a result of the chaotic urban traffic.