Concept Car of the Month: ATNMBL (2009)


The autonomous concept study that ripped up the car design rulebook

The car had no windscreen.

There was no view forward.

There was no steering wheel, no accelerator, no brake, no clutch.

There was no instrumentation.

The cabin was entered standing up.

A voice would greet you as you entered: “Where shall I take you?”

Then, you settled into a semi-circular lounge in a glass-enclosed cabin so modern and pure it could have come from a Case Study House. There was no need to worry about driving, the car would take you to your destination.

The car was the ATNMBL (short for ‘Autonomobile’), a radical proposal from the San Francisco- based industrial design practice Mike and Maaike in 2009.

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