Radical Innovation revealed the winner of its 12th annual Award at a ceremony that took place at the New Museum in New York City. Four impressive hospitality concepts were presented live on stage from three professional finalists - Aquaponic Experience Hotel, Autonomous Travel Suite, and Le Colline Incantate - in addition to this year's student winner, Room Extension Solution (RES).
In a live vote determined by audience members, Autonomous Travel Suite by Steve Lee of Aprilli Design Studio became the recipient of this year's $10,000 grand prize. Aquaponic Experience Hotel by Alice and Clotilde Varinot of Varinot & Varinot Architectes received the runner-up recognition.
Autonomous Travel Suite
The Autonomous Travel Suite integrates transportation and hospitality through a driverless, mobile suite offering door-to-door transportation service in between a traveler's home and destination. Within a compact hotel room environment, the suite is equipped with basic sleeping, working and washroom functions, allowing guests to be most efficient and productive while optimizing travel time. Additionally, each unit runs on solar-powered energy, making way to a more sustainable future.
Operated and maintained by the Autonomous Hotel Chain, once scheduled online or via mobile app, a customized unit is delivered to a traveler's door and taken to a local Autonomous Hotel docking facility at the traveler's destination, where the unit extends into a larger travel suite. Acting as both a personal rental car and hotel room, The Autonomous Travel Suite provides a new way of traveling and an extension of the conventional hotel experience, from the minute a traveler steps out of their home.
"The goal of our Radical Innovation community is to create entirely new segments of the travel and hospitality industries," explained John Hardy, CEO/ President of The John Hardy Group and Founder of Radical Innovation. "The Autonomous Travel Suite is the perfect example of this - utilizing sustainable technology as a travel solution that best serves the consumer of tomorrow."
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