• Jun 24, 2009
Peugeot Metromorph Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Designed by Roman Mistiuk, the Peugeot Metromorph Concept looks like a set piece from Minority Report or the discarded idea for a new Transformers character. That's because the Metromorph has dual modes: One as a battery-powered electric vehicle and the other as... a balcony. Cars that climb up buildings and park themselves right outside your bay window were first seen in the sci-fi thriller Minority Report starring Tom Cruise. The Metromorph, however, has a purpose other than as a landing platform for Tom Cruise during a chase scene.

The idea is that real estate for parking will be scarce in the future, so the Metromorph will go vertical up the side of your building and park outside your apartment, at which point it becomes a balcony. This is where the Transformers bit comes in, though we admit transforming into a balcony isn't likely to scare Megatron into a quivering mass of mechanized steel. Nevertheless, the Metromorph will save the humans by freeing up parking spaces for other uses, like a quidditch stadium or whatever else becomes the national past time in the future.

With space for two, the Metromorph features seats held by rotating arms to keep them vertical regardless of the car's orientation. Two in-wheel electric motors housed in the rear wheels motivate this balcony-on-wheels, while two giant doors will slide up and over the vehicle to allow entry and exit. Is this what the future holds for urban dwellers? Time, and the movies, will tell.

Follow the jump
to watch a conceptual video of the Metromorph in action.



[Source: Roman Mistiuk]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      yeah....i'm not going to wait 5 sec for the seat to get in correct position to get out of the thing, after you killed a couple of pedestrians with those doors...
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like you're out of luck if you want to take more than 1 other person to your impractical, future pad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It brings to mind some type of pleasure ride one might see at an amusement park.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone put a Jeep badge on this thing. "Go anywhere, do anything"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I the only one this would scare the hell out of? What if your battery dies, you run out of gas or the vehicle is otherwise rendered non-operable while climbing the building? Look out below!

      To The Distinguished Gentleman, Jeff Johnson (sorry, had to);

      Our country is much, much larger than Japan, in population count, physical size and we have a more widespread and diversified cultural base-we are the freaking melting pot, after all. I may be a Dem but I can tell you that using only a mass-transit system here will not work. We will always need the private car for one reason or another. This is why we need to improve existing roadways and expand them to cut down on traffic jams (gridlock can't be good for the environment, not to mention that it is THE main cause of poor milage and America's high rate of dependency on foreign oil-0 MPH=0 MPG) as well as damage to vehicles caused by poor road conditions (such as potholes). I believe that battery electrics are going to be our best bet, once we get the product developed more, and the technology is refined, which will happen with more product sales. If you care about the environment, say no to the Prius and yes to the Volt. Series hybrids are the closest thing we have to pure electric vehicles that also have good range, which is why some people balk at the idea of electric vehicles, myself included. Living in a rural area, I don't want to break down in the middle of nowhere in a pure electric. It's easier to carry a can of gasoline than a can of electricity.

      I have written Micheal Moore (of whom I am a big fan) about his apparently swelling ego in his recent email sent to people on his mailing list (of which I am a member-"...by Micheal Moore" is in the subject line, ferchrissake), and the invalidity of his arguments regarding a mass-transit-only based public transportation system, not to mention his potentially libelous statements regarding "planned obsolescence" about GM designing their cars so that they would fall apart after "x" amount of time had passed.

      I did research on this particular soundbite and I did find that there was, after all, "planned obsolescence" at GM. Former CEO of General Motors, Alfred P. Sloan was quoted as saying, "Today the appearance of a motorcar is a most important factor in the selling end of the business—perhaps the most important factor— because everyone knows the car will run." So while Moore is correct about this practice taking place at GM, it was not through component failure or shoddy manufacture that this practice was put to use, as he would seem to have us believe.
      It would seem, that now we need a watcher who watches the watcher who watches the watchers. Given how much I like this guy, this kind or irresponsible journalism is sad to see.

      Again, further proof that no matter how well intentioned an individual may be, no one should be given 100% unwavering faith, as you will eventually be let down.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "This is why we need to improve existing roadways and expand them to cut down on traffic jams (gridlock can't be good for the environment,"

        You're right about gridlock, but you're wrong about expanding roads. It doesn't work, we have 5 lane freeways in each direction that get clogged up.

        The problem is THROUGHPUT. If we raised the limit to 100-140 mph , traffic flow would be alleviated. But then the general public are not F1 drivers , and we dont have the timing and merging ability of machines.

        So that's why a micro-rail is the natural evolution to mass transit. A small 2-passenger rail car that goes from A-B. Not just big box cars that stop every 2 miles. Rail is the answer because it eliminates the problems of determining direction of travel. Cars should serve in areas that are remote like jungles and deserts.


      • 5 Years Ago
      Yet another concept that will stay as a concept.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it will stay as a concept because it wasnt designed by peugeot...

        this was done by a student at the Academy of Art University, which Autoblog left out for some reason.....

        how bout some love for AAU, autoblog!?!??
        • 5 Years Ago
        "That's because the Metromorph has dual modes: One as a battery-powered electric vehicle and the other as... a balcony.'

        An optional triple mode...as a mobile coffin. :p
      • 5 Years Ago
      What happens if someone else in the building has one, lives on a floor lower than you, and gets off work earlier? Seems like this would make for a vertical parking lot hell...

      I do think it's a pretty cool idea, and love the concept of multiple-use options, but I think this needs to be thought through a little bit further.
        • 5 Years Ago
        why dont you watch the video before asking dumb questions?
      • 5 Years Ago
      dammit roman, how come you didnt show me this video?!?!

      i saw you working on it but you never showed me the final product!!!!!

      oh well, fantastic job nonetheless. grats!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ah, I see now that I got ahead of myself with the Peugeot design contest dealio. So you're saying he just did this for kicks? Wow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        as far as i know....

        this was just done as a semester project for a class.

        don't think it was necessarily sponsored either (though i'm not positive and would have to ask roman himself)
      • 5 Years Ago
      "the Metromorph features seats held by rotating arms to keep them vertical regardless of the car's orientation."

      Remind anyone else of Boba Fett's spaceship from Empire Strikes Back?

      *crickets chirp*
        • 5 Years Ago
        you mean the slave-1?!?!?!?!



        *crickets still chirping*
        • 5 Years Ago
        That was one of my favorite SW vehicles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Apparently, in the future parking spaces will be a wide as a football field.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So what happens when i come home, fly up the side of the building to my 10th floor apartment and minutes later the person on the 11th floor wants to fly up the building too. Do guns come out and blow my balcony up? because i need a damn balcony.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OMG HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ASK THIS!?!??!

        watch the video, it shows how it works!!!!!!111
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually the rails are set up in a kind of an upside down peace sign system. When the owner is home the car is out of the main route. See image:
        http://romalisa.com/large%20size/elvatordesign.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      What happens when the guy above you leaves? Or does everyone get there own track up the building? Maybe it will help neighbor relations? Guy on top floor asks to borrow guy's on bottom floor car-balcony? Never make it past these images art students can dream up designs without any TRUE engineering or thought wish i could get credit for what amounts to a day dream of a brain fart!
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