Hot from China and making an impact at the Los Angeles car show is a new type of smart vehicle styled by former BMW designer Chris Bangle. Not only will REDS (https://www.project-redspace.com/) get drivers or occupants from A to B, but it can also act as their portable office while on the move.
The REDS, short for Revolutionary Electric Dream Space, comes from a Chinese car company Project Redspace, and may mean many things for busy Chinese workers. No more being stuck in traffic fuming at the lost time, and instead of hanging onto that conference call while dodging motorbikes, owners can get their laptop out and fully join in the meeting.
While this model is aimed at the busy streets of Shanghai and Beijing, there's nothing to stop a European version coming along. It could help turn the cramped lanes of the M25 into mobile offices, or for those companies with offices dotted around the country, they could lend them to executives who could work between stops.
The cars feature smart driving and parking modes. They offer charging points to keep computers and mobile devices running, no matter how long the traffic delay. They feature in-car WiFi so occupants are never off the grid, and smart seating so a small team can go touring, and still meet and make decisions on the road.
Personalised plates for office cars
All of which begs the question, what would you have as a personalised number plate for your smart office car? There are plenty of "OFF" and "MTG" plates available, but strangely, no "WIP" which would have been good.
We can easily imagine modern taxis being converted into a mobile meeting space, or new smart vans fitted with custom office furniture to help executives stay focused. These could be owned or rented by startups or leasing companies to help get people away from their desks.
This could also help take meetings out of the office for a pleasant picnic to let the creative juices flow, or to the beach for some fresh air and a great view to help de-stress, all while still a part of the company. All they need is a clever number plate to complete the look.