On July 21st Hitachi hosted a private viewing in London for the unveiling of the AT100 & AT200 mock ups.
The AT100 was designed to meet the needs of metro operational conditions and requirements outlined by Hitachi. The design meets the demands of an early morning rush, whilst providing passengers with clear information and a range of comfortable seating.
The design hosts a range of features such as:
- Sliding doors with integrated LED light units indicating the opening side to reduce ingress and egress speed.
- Under seat LED lighting encouraging passengers to store their luggage underneath their seats.
- A unique central perch offering a comfortable space for passengers and providing elegant grab handles.
and many more…
The AT200 was designed to meet a wide spectrum of requirements for regional or outer suburban commuters outlined by Hitachi. Focusing on consumer needs and integrating the latest technology into the vehicle, the AT200 has everything the modern day passenger would require.
Also looking at the demands of an operator, modularity and functionality was a key issue to address. By utilising cantilever t-slot mounted units throughout the vehicle, operators are presented with the opportunity to manipulate the interior to meet their demands.
“The AT200, a highly standardised yet flexible design that improves the travelling experience for tomorrow’s commuters.” Andy Barr Chief operating officer at Hitachi Rail Europe.
Innovatively for a multiple unit train operating in the UK, the driver is centrally positioned in the cab. This allows the opportunity for an instrument layout that takes account of ergonomic and human factor requirements (accessible for those within the 5th percentile female to 95th percentile male range) more fully than is usually possible and also has great advantages for driver visibility. The cab design recognises the crucial importance of the driver in service delivery by ensuring controls are logically zoned for use, do not obstruct or obstruct one another and are within easy access. Interactive diagnostic screens provide the driver with real time information on train status and operation for system interrogation and control, while banked CCTV screens insure safe and efficient platform departure. This modern, crashworthy, wide view, ergonomic cab environment will therefore promote greater levels of efficiency in driving, energy consumption, dwell time management, journey time maintenance, train failure management, passenger safety, passenger communications and personal driver safety.
The construction process of a full size mock up in Germany. As we were involved in the interior design we over viewed the construction process of the mock up. The mock featured various working units including the lights, multiple switches and controls. The mock up also proved useful for testing out the signs and notices, which can be seen in a separate case study.
Creation of contemporary exterior styling and driving cab interior including the driver’s desk workstation. Designed with consideration to human factors, equipment layout, and rationalisation of UK technical requirements.
A high speed train concept designed to exploit a character appropriate for central European aesthetic values. The design language reinforces the sensation of strength and durability combined with a fluid, organic form.
Working directly with the National Express Group and CHI & Partners, Schoenemann Design, having specialist experience and knowledge passenger rail vehicle design was commissioned to support the creative development of interior branding to ensure a successful integration with technical compliance, and implementation.
The first commercially available crashworthy passenger seat worldwide with 200,00 seats in service in the UK
Schoenemann Design were responsible for design creation, ergonomics, modelling, proto- typing & trim development, commercial acceptance and contract award of the initial production.
Specialist areas of input included – Crashworthiness, fire and structural testing, production & tooling. In Particular Schoenemann Design undertook the project management up to contract award.