Even though trains are considered more eco-friendly than a pile of people driving their own cars, let’s face it – they aren’t exactly the freshest green places to hang out. So Vittori Lab and a handful of other designers got together and designed the AirTrain, which uses NASA-patented technology to improve air quality using certain plants that absorb carbon dioxide emissions and release oxygen. Check out a video of the green train after the jump.
[youtube width=”537″ height=”400″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbXqbYtUCVs[/youtube]
Plants are natural carbon sponges, but the AirTrain’s greenery works more efficiently than ordinary plants. Fed in part by sunlight coming through the train’s transparent shell and watered by a clever rainwater harvesting system that “knows” when the plants need hydrating, these super plants also enhance the visual appeal of the train environment – both inside and out. The result of a working group collaboration, the AirTrain demonstrates that public transportation can feel as cozy as a lush backyard at the same time that it cuts down a population’s carbon footprint.