The conceptual 'Island' tram has been designed by the Ponti Design Studio as a public transportation solution for the post-COVID world that would enable passengers to maintain their distance from one another. The double-decker tram was designed for Hong Kong and is imagined with autonomous driverless technology in order to eliminate the operator cabin for more interior space. The elegantly designed tram has high-end finishes such as wood flooring and discreet lighting, while also featuring floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize views to the outside cityscape.
The design team spoke on the conceptual 'Island' tram saying, "We wanted to reimagine public transport in the post-COVID era from a prevention perspective. Especially in the densely populated city of Hong Kong, where social distancing is hard to achieve. The idea of designing a tram is no coincidence: trams are one of the city’s landmarks and the tramways celebrate their 115th anniversary this year. The concept of social distancing, which limits people’s freedom to move and interact became the design challenge and focal point for the new concept."