BMW subsidiary Designworks USA is helping the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur move into the 21st century with 58 ritzy trains for the city’s new subway system. The new three-line metro system is expected to be up and running by 2017, and it will incorporate energy-efficient LED lighting, recyclable stainless steel cars, and an aesthetically pleasing mix of futuristic feature.
On the interior of the trains, the BMW’s design scheme focuses on bringing part of the local culture along for the ride. Decorative interior panels with symmetrical pattern represent a traditional Kuala Lumpur-inspired design. Continuing with the electric blue motif, blue LED lighting is installed under the seats, designed to make the trains seem inviting and spacious. For special needs passengers, doors will be installed with a guiding light and beeping system to alert door openings and closings.
BMW’s forward-thinking subway trains are just one part of the Malasian government’s plan to encourage the city’s growing population to use public transport. By making the subway experience more visually pleasing and environmentally conscious, the local government hopes to double the city’s public transit usage in the upcoming years. Laurenz Schaffer, president of BMW Group Designworks USA, explains the connection between the prestigious car company and its new train design. “It symbolizes self-confidence, technological leadership, progress, and safety.”
Via Fast CoDesign