Californian inventor spends millions
creating one-off camper van
to take his four year old daughter around the world
数億円を掛けて製作した超ハイテクのオフロードトラック ”KiraVan”。 (娘 Kiraの名前が付いている) 対話式システムやドローンによる自動道路情報収集機能を装備する。 無給油で3600km走行可能で、単車も積載している。
造ったのは、カリフォルニアのハイテク会社アップルマインズの創設者、ブラン・ファレン氏。 4才の娘との世界旅行用の車両として開発し、2014年に完成。 MIT卒の彼は、当時61才。
By Mark Prigg Published: 18:00 EST, 11 April 2014
Updated: 00:46 EST, 12 April 2014
•Called the KiraVan, the vehicle includes an office, kitchen, bedrooms and even its own motorbike and drone
•Created by 61 year old Bran Ferren for his daughter Kira, who has her own pop tent on top of the truck
•Pair hope to travel across America and the world in the vehicle
It is the ultimate recreational vehicle - and send to make one four year old extremely happy.
The KiraVan, a giant custom built off road truck, is capable of travelling almost anywhere in the world and was designed by 61 year old Californian inventor Bran Ferren.
The incredible interior boasts everything from a fully stocked office, kitchen and bedroom, to a popup tent on the roof for Kira, Ferren's four year daughter the truck was designed for.
Brian Ferren's sketch showing the features of the KiraVan. He has spent millions developing to supertruck for his four year old daughter Kira.
Bran Ferren, the 61 year old cofounder and chief creative officer of Applied Minds, a world-renowned tech and design firm whose on-the-record customer list includes General Motors, Intel, and the US Air Force, has spent four years traveling the world to talk to experts as he finalised the truck's design.
The huge six-wheeled vehicle can drive down mud-swamped roads, and even rock covered roads thanks to kevlar reinforced tyres. It will be able to travel up to 2,000 miles without resupply and navigate slopes as steep as 45 degrees thanks to a special suspension system.The cockpit also has a special vibration reducing chair, as well as control for drones that can fly ahead to check traffic.
However, while the truck itself is impressive, the trailer is even more so.
At 31 feet long and more than 10 feet high, it is better equipped than most homes. It has an ecofriendly bathroom, a custom-designed kitchen where meals can be prepared, along with storage space for two weeks of traveling.
The office: Two large computers allow Ferren to see and control any aspect of the supervan
The cockpit has a series of custom-made, overhead- and dash-mounted touchscreen cockpit displays, which monitor the vehicle¿s health and navigational progress; a joystick-operated situational-awareness system, which allows passengers to see the view from any one of the vehicles 22 cameras and provides infrared thermal imagery of the roads temperature.
The Kiravan also has a full kitchen and dining area in the main trailer
The kitchen will be able to sustain a family of three for two to three weeks,
and for longer trips other equipment can be removed to make more storage space
When completed, the KiraVan will be able to travel up to 2,000 miles without resupply and navigate slopes as steep as 45 degrees. The off road truck has been developed to be able to traverse any terrain.
Antennas and dishes on the roof give the truck its communications capabilities, and can be hoisted up when the truck is stationary.
The KiraVan's chassis has been stretched and reinforced so the cab,
adapted from a Mercedes-Benz Unimog, can accommodate all of the additions.
sourse from prepperzine.com
including the kitchen sink. From solar panels to waste management, voice commands and a built-in situational awareness system that can detect oncoming dangers.
The Ultimate Explorer Vehicle: Test Driving Bran Ferren's KiraVan
Youtube：Van-tastisch Unimog - KIRA-VAN