Icona Nucleus live photos: 2018 Geneva Motor Show

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    Nucleus represents the synthesis of futurism and a human-centered mindset. It takes the Icona Neo Concept one step further by reconsidering the very way that we use a vehicle.

    Neo introduced us to tomorrow, Nucleus will introduce us to after-tomorrow.

    The Icona Nucleus embodies Icona’s vision for the future of mobility. First seen in 2015, the Icona Neo concept demonstrated a very tangible tomorrow for the electric vehicle. With its fully autonomous driving level five, the Nucleus jumps two generations ahead. Inside the vehicle, the absence of a driver does not only mean the absence of a steering wheel and a dashboard, but the opportunity for a new understanding of mobile living spaces, where the focus is no longer the road but the destination.

    Technology should be felt but not seen and so a “less is more approach” has been used, resulting in a fluid and sculptural body that combines the needs of both aerodynamics and ergonomics. Beyond its technological innovation, Nucleus also shows us the future for the next generation of cars. A generation that aspires to be socially responsible through respect not only for the natural environment but also for the human environment.

    Mobility in after-tomorrow will be very different from today, with a large number of shared, self- driving, electric vehicles which will serve as individual or small group shuttles between mass mobility infrastructure and large hub destinations. Yet, the future will remain multi-faceted and cars will continue to reflect our needs as well as express our individuality.

    With a fully autonomous self-driving car, we can make so much more use of it than the current family car: it will take you to the airport, come back to pick up the kids from school then later take the grandparents to a doctor’s appointment. The car will spend much less time parked, and will be much more usefully employed on the road. One car will replace several cars, and by nature will be an excellent place to be: its use and versatility will be directly reflected in the multiple possibilities of its interior design.

    Luxury lounge-like interior

    Now that all occupants are passengers, their interaction and the individuality of their personal space become a priority. Individual preferences can be catered for, as seating arrangements are flexible. The road is there and can be seen, but it is no longer the focus of each and every passenger, as in a cinema. This first class traveling lounge is not a foreign concept if we consider air travel. The flexibility of movement for each individual, along with the Infotainment guided by the car computer, gives a sense of luxury well beyond the material and finish that will be expected from such modern and sophisticated vehicles.

    This is not too dissimilar to the iPhone, which changed what we consider a phone to be: doing a lot more with what seems in appearance to be less.

    The Nucleus can easily accommodate six people. Seats can be adjusted to different use, rotating to face the desk or the rear passengers in the front, strongly reclining to the rear and even transforming into a couch on center. The large seats in the front and in the back make it as comfortable and cozy as a luxury living room. If you are heading to a five-star hotel, sitting in the Nucleus will make it seem as if you are already in your room. A small table and all necessary spaces and connections for a laptop are available, as well as a wet bar so that even the shortest trip can be effectively used for business or leisure.

    Being a large luxury car, the inspiration of Nucleus has come as much from the Concorde airplane as from a yacht. A gliding speed form that travels elegantly through the landscapes of cities and countryside. A flair which may after all take us back to the true romance of the image of travelling in the 1930’s; a time when there was no aggressive design to illustrate people’s driving ambition. In spite of actual dynamic capabilities that would naturally be well beyond what was possible for a driven car of that size, Nucleus shows a more mature and peaceful world waiting for us.

    Photo Credit: Newspress

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