elon musk revealed his semi truck to the world and now, similar concepts are popping up everywhere. one of the more ambitious of these is korean designer muyeon cho’s, euro-x. muyeon cho borrows elon’s minimal aesthetic and reimagines it in the design voice of a mercedes-benz with an aerodynamic edge. essentially, this vehicle’s design is broken down into three sections: the driving area, the rest area, and the chassis.

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aerodynamic, semi-luxurious mercedes benz concept
all images courtesy of muyeon cho

 

 

while some people are ready for full autonomy to get here tomorrow, cho’s design is more relevant today; this semi-autonomous truck still has a fully functional driving area included in the design. autonomous technology is close, but the transition from manually piloting a vehicle, to sleeping soundly in the chase lounge chair of said vehicle, will be a slow one.

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concept image 

 

 

autonomy will not happen overnight. but with a working cockpit and a resting area underneath, the euro-x could be a near-future solution during an age of great transition. cho doesn’t say much about his chassis, but he is aware that semis often operate for periods of 5,000 kilometers at a time.

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concept fleet

 

 

the vast distances semis travel may not change, but their paths, according to cho, just might. cho imagines an international highway, where self-driving semis drive for days and drivers chill below deck. if he is correct, will it be teslas that pioneer these roads, or some even more ambitious design?

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the euro-x rendered inside station

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early renders without cargo

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render details

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refined sketches

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early sketches

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key elements broken down

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euro-x concept overview with international highway

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