Canada's Charles Bombardier imagines futuristic vehicles ranging from watercraft to spaceships. Not bad for a day job.
It's no wonder that Charles Bombardier loves dreaming up concept vehicles. After all, it's in his blood: he's the grandson of snowmobile inventor Joseph-Armand Bombardier, founder of plane and train manufacturer Bombardier Inc. and Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP).
Based in Montreal, ex-BRP designer Charles Bombardier runs a vehicle design studio that has turned out dozens of ideas for next-generation vehicles. Seen here, the Arrow is an electric two-seater that would have lithium-air batteries and a target range of over 370 miles. Mexico-based Sebastian Campos produced the Arrow concept images.
Who wouldn't want to travel to a distant city in an automated car instead of a cramped airplane? And what if you could sleep all the way there? That's the idea behind Charles Bombardier's Night Car, a self-driving vehicle activated by smartphone. With Wi-Fi and an audiovisual system, you can stay connected and entertained before you nod off en route to your destination.
This design concept would have an in-wheel electric drive system, gull-wing doors, and a 500-mile lithium-air battery pack.
"Financially, it would make more sense to rent these vehicles on a need basis," Bombardier writes. "Each user would pay his fare by using a smartphone app and onboard credit card terminal. The whole fleet would be monitored 24/7 and would include a live, onboard customer service support and voice-activated commands."