Lynx by Oliver May, Germany

2019: Inspiring Mobility


Oliver May
Duesseldorf, Germany


“Lynx” – Transportation Design Concept for New York

“Trust” might be one of the most important emotional needs. In order to ensure a proper and efficient traffic organization in conurbations a design based on a mass transportation system you can rely on has certain advantages to other mobility alternatives. It will invoke emotions for users as being a part of an environmentally friendly sustainable mobility system.

The future of modern mobility will be mainly influenced by the use of practical mass transportation systems. Private transport and effective traveling in big cities and conurbations will come to an end where people are faced with traffic jams all along the way. Countless road maps and constructions that try to solve these problems make it worse and hinder each other to give freedom for reaching destinations in a timely manner. Even in times of autonomous driving you will need the most precious thing when you want to move from A to B and that means: Space! The main thoughts of an individual person or a group to use a certain way of transportation solution would probably be: Does it make sense to waste time in singular vehicles trapped in traffic havoc. Spend valuable energy, although they may based on green technology, knowing that there is a larger environmental impact instead of using mass transportation vehicles? Does it make sense even if the single vehicles are steered by the computer edited to avoid traffic jams, provided by car sharing companies and equipped with multimedia devices to distract your racing thoughts about surrounding chaos? Some of us may come to the conclusion that this makes less sense and it might be more convenient to use a kind of public transport that brings in some innovative aspects, saves energy and helps to avoid environmental pollution.

One answer could be a vehicle that drives autonomously on site where space is sufficient. Later, while approaching conurbations it is linked into a system that uses his own driveway like for example subways and trams to overcome traffic concentration. Another benefit would be a person arriving from outside the city he or she wouldn’t have to change the media from bus to walk to subway to train to bike to car and so on. No “wonder technologies” and materials are necessary to develop such a mode of transport. You can use established energetic, propulsion, constructional and architectural concepts, combine these ideas and ensure environmentally friendly and feasible operation to provide a smart mobility for big city structures.

New York is the city of choice which would be ideal for this concept because of the grid-like downtown street layouts. The design concept rests upon an idea using the layout of a vehicle similar to a bus braced with an additional lightweight aluminum frame that is able to transport 48 people in one craft. The car body exterior and interior are completely symmetrical and enables operation in both driving directions. This saves energy, reduces maintenance and spares part costs. Ideally the vehicle should be equipped with a fuel cell drive and navigates autonomously through augmented guidance. Overland outside New York City it has the ability to use normal streets and highways where it picks up passengers and brings them to hubs in the city areas. Later when reaching the city, the vehicles will be sorted by destinations for onward transport into the city center and then lifted up connected to each other, if necessary, and transformed into a magnetic levitation overhead suspension railway. The magnetic suspension rail technology is one of the most cost and energy efficient technologies to utilize. Station layouts analogical to tram and subway stations with intelligent timetable management will ensure a proper hop on an off during operation in the city. Beneath the driveway former street layouts can be redesigned into pedestrian, green and recreation areas. They can be used by citizens to stroll around remembering how comfortable and relaxing it is to live in a big city environment if you dare to make the right decisions.


Oliver May studied Industrial Design at University of Wuppertal and Graphic Design at University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. He completed his diploma thesis in the Department of Industrial Design with a main emphasis on Transportation Design at the University of Wuppertal.

After successful freelance design work for design and interior architecture offices, he quickly established himself as an independent industrial designer. Some of his award-winning designs have garnered international attention and have been released through print and online media.

The central challenge of the future will be the organization of mobility for nearly 10 billion people, above all in urban conurbations and metropolitan areas. A focus of his research and design work is the further development and transformation of individual means of transport to mass-suitable transport concepts, which can be combined with environmentally friendly technologies and architectural solutions.

He lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany and creates design concepts for well-known companies in different areas of Product Design, Corporate Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Architectural Design.