Sole is an automobile designed for a single user to drive in a stand-sitting posture, inspired by the popularity of standing desks in the workplace.
Studies have shown that sitting for hours a day drastically increases the mortality rate.
Sole designed by Alaina Mickes, Boqiang Su, United States, a Red Dot award winner, is about one-fourth the size of a traditional small car. This creates the potential for reduced traffic and allows intelligent electric power to be more cost-efficient. The zero degree turning radius makes it easy to park in tight metropolitan areas where garage space is limited or non-existent.
The vertical expansion creates a flexible moving space that accommodates developing autonomous driving technologies that will redefine transportation for both drivers and society. Applying this trend to vehicles on the road will not only help combat health risks, but it also reduces the size of vehicles on the road.
Currently, over three-quarters of commuters in the U.S. drive to work solo in a vehicle that utilises more space than necessary.