Subway of the Future: Metro Inspiro by BMW and Siemens

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It all started in the summer of 2010, when the Siemens company commissioned BMW Group subsidiary DesignworksUSA, to develop the design of the new Metro Inspiro, with which Siemens will be participating internationally in open competitive bidding for inner-city passenger train fleets.

The design team behind the Metro Inspiro had to consider the increased demands on travel comfort and spatial perception, optimise transport capacities and provide regional public transportation services with additional possibilities for individualisation.

“When competing with each other, towns and cities will secure advantages through the quality of their transportation systems. The possibilities for megacities to combine mobility with the interests of the public is the most crucial task when designing mobility,” stated Laurenz Schaffer, President of DesignworksUSA.

The Metro Inspiro was designed as a “platform” and it uses innovative door-light graphics, based on the hourglass principle, which provide passengers with vital information on the remaining boarding time. According to the designers, this concept improves the flow of passengers boarding and exiting the train, thereby facilitating an increase in frequency.

The interior is built around the innovative handrail concept “Light-Tree”, with a large number of smaller rails protruding from a tree-like structure, creating ample space for passengers to hold on. Moreover, new surface textures ensure firm and secure grip.

The handrails also become atmospheric pools of light within the interior of the train. The special light control, which emits light in changing colours, let the interior of the metro adapt to daytime light conditions.

Other highlights of the Metro Inspiro project include wide entry and exit areas, wide doors, improved acoustics through the use of Cork Blend floor insulation and a sophisticated lightweight seat concept, with operators being able to choose between contrasting moulded wood and fresh color concepts.
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