British designer Thomas Heatherwick unveiled a concept car model that claims to remove pollution from the air while driving, dubbed “Airo,” at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
An electric car is designed for Chinese car brand IM Motors and was on display in the Future Lab at Goodwood Festival of Speed from 8 to 11 July. It is set to go into production in 2023.
Heatherwick’s studio has reported to BBC that Airo will be fitted with a high-efficiency filtering system that can vacuum up pollutants from other cars and will collect a tennis ball worth of particulate matter per year.
The Airo prototype is designed with autonomous and driver-controlled modes and the interior can be transformed into a bedroom.
Designed to simultaneously address the global space shortage, Airo is also a multi-functional room with extra space for dining, working, gaming or even sleeping
- Thomas Heatherwick
Airo is the studio's first car design among previous projects as a boat and a bus.