Mel Francis

Mel Francis

Posted on 08/11/2013


Photo taken on March 13, 2010



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Mead's Freeway of the Future

Mead's Freeway of the Future
This scene is quite interesting, as it portrays moving vehicles in the left lane positioned very close behind each other, as in today's soon to be reality, GPS-based Auto-Drive systems, which will shorten the braking-reaction space between cars. In the lane to the right of the foreground car, is a car close to the shape of the 280 Supercar, with a taillight around the rear perimeter of the body and a projecting fascia, with a pointed bumper surface.
Also note the smaller, probably rental shuttle vehicles to the left, up on their own central guideway, out of regular traffic.

Martin van Duijn, RQ 01012015 have particularly liked this photo


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Mel Francis
Mel Francis
I put the illustration up, in response to Martin's inquiry as to what Syd might have first envisioned for the tail of the Supercar. That's it in the right lane and in the full rendering, that dark vehicle further to the right is another 400 Limo. I'm tempted to ask Syd to render the showroom of a future Sentinel dealership, with these models on display!

The lighting of the freeway is interesting too, in that there are no light poles, mainly a series of light panels along the driving surface at much closer intervals than light poles. There might be a way to manufacture large LED panels like this, that would demand much less power than traditional lights and be more easily maintained after an incident.
4 years ago.
Martin van Duijn
Martin van Duijn
Beautiful. But what do you mean with 'a projecting facia'?
4 years ago.
Mel Francis
Mel Francis
If you look closely at the tail of the vehicle just to the right of the car just in front, you can see that the rear fascia is tapered and pointed, after the rear wraparound taillight. Then take a look at the most recent photo I put up, right at the rear bumper area. I'm using the same sort of pointed bumper as up front, but the drawing shows it being mounted on a more vertical, less projecting fascia. I'll send Syd a couple of sketches with these details to compare and see what he likes best.
4 years ago.