Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future

Dominic Wilcox has created his vision of the future of transport for the exhibition ‘Dezeen and Mini Frontiers‘ during the London Design Festival. The driverless glass car prototype has only a bed inside, where the passenger can sleep while the car takes them to their destination.


The car combines the hand made process of glass work with modern and future technologies to create a proposal of how transport could be in the middle of the 21st century. “I propose that in the year 2059 it will be statistically proven that it is safer to ride in a computer controlled ‘driverless’ vehicle than to ride in a human driven vehicle. In fact in 2058 there were no collisions on the Digital M1 motorway where only driverless vehicles are allowed.

This means that driverless vehicles will not require the typical safety equipment we see on current cars such as air bags and bumpers. We will simply require a living space on wheels. The technology of the motor and driverless, automated navigation system will be held within a standard, modular chassis, on to which any living space shell can be built. I am presenting one example of the type of vehicles possible and have designed a prototype for a driverless car made from stained glass. This vehicle is a single person ‘sleeper car’, the occupant can sleep on a bed while the car travels to the destination of choice.

The stained glass element also developed out of my interest in taking what I admire from objects of the past and merging it with technology of the future, to create a new vision. For example, I previously designed a pair of traditional brogue shoes with GPS embedded to guide the wearer home. In this case, I had previously visited Durham Cathedral and was struck by the wonderful stained glass windows there.