Dubai has become the literal playground for the most innovatively imaginative minds on Earth. So it should come as no surprise that the government and real estate moguls are constructing an archipelago of 300 man-made, artificial islands, to be called—what else—The World. Set two-and-a-half miles off the coast of Dubai, The World is as mind-boggling as it is impractical. That is, until you consider the idea of the Sea Limousine, designed by Dennis Ingemansson, as the transport vehicle of choice.
As a solar-powered hovercraft, the Dubai Sea Limousine is pilotless, creating a high-speed passenger experience with impeccable safety and optimal comfort. Taking into consideration that one million people perish each year due to driver distraction or error, Ingemanssons design relies on a satellite system of navigation that averts collision, and therefore, worry.
With intellectual properties yet to be purchased, the Sea Limousine is redefining new frontiers of luxury transportation design. “This concept could be the inspirational source that changes marine infrastructure as we know it,” says Ingemansson.
The Sea Limousine has implications for The World archipelago, as well as Dubai as a whole. “There is no doubt that Dubai is set to be the world’s future capital city,” Ingemansson says. “However, Dubai has an even greater ability to impress the world if they build their creations in an eco-friendly way.”
Beyond Dubai, Ingemansson sees the driverless navigational system as having unlimited potential. Not only is it a luxury transportation vehicle, but it also has the potential to alleviate humanitarian and ecological crises. Citing the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia as an example, Ingemansson says that the Sea Limousine could better organize and expedite massive rescue operations and medical service.
Ingemansson is young, but already a veteran of designing luxury and eco-friendly concepts for the superyacht, automotive, and Hollywood industries. Independently contracted, Ingemansson’s vision has been fed by his breadth of education in Sweden, California, and Italy, which he says all contribute to his design aesthetic.
“In Sweden I was taught to think simply, to consolidate production so as to glean a higher profit,” he explains. “In California, I learned how to identify different lifestyle expressions, besides the importance of delivering high quality. In Italy, I was taught to design with multiculturalism in mind, and to push for the unconventional.”
However, Ingemansson believes that even in the midst of our ever-changing world, elegance and beauty are universal, and classicism will always stand the test of time.
“My designs are an answer and a question,” Ingemansson says. “Sometimes we need provocative designs to encourage innovation.”
Perhaps, the world’s next frontier is, in fact, underwater.