FORM addresses the uniformity of the consumer market. As mass-manufacturing has prevailed bespoke products have become few and far between. Projected 60 years into the future, FORM enables users to enjoy a unique experience without sacrificing the benefits of mass-production and standardization of parts.
2066: A massive ecological crisis has led to severe austerity measures passed in almost every country. Environmentalism is the norm and most of the the world's population have moved into über-efficient urban centers. These super-cities take a cue from Paolo Soleri's arcology theory and are completely self-sustaining. Robust public transit systems move millions of people each day and, for those less-traveled routes, autonomous car-sharing services are ubiquitous.
The arcologies are as efficient as they are claustrophobic. To escape people have begun to create enclaves in the countryside where they can build and shape their own world. There rapid-prototyping enables an entire generation of crafts-people, with many rural escapes also acting as bespoke boutiques.
While efficiency has halted and even begun to reverse the environment's decay, it too has its price. In streamlining the manufacturing process nearly all objects have come to share a similar aesthetic, especially in the transit sector. FORM brings individuality back into the mix.
Each FORM vehicle has three basic components: a wheel & drive-unit, chassis & battery, and a nanite shell. The drive units contain the motor, steering, and suspension, and can be swapped easily. The chassis is a carbon fiber/titanium composite which has an an integrated flow-cell battery.
FORM uses "nanites" for both interior and exterior surfaces. Each nanite is capable of connecting and disconnecting from one-another via semi-permanent electro-magnets. Each FORM vehicle's nanites can be actively rearranged, allowing the user to shape their own vehicle. Each nanite incorporates an ambient light sensor, microphone, accelerometer, and OLED coating. When connected they can "cooperate" to function as a camera, screen, or UI. This means that the nanites can take the place of many components including headlights, since every nanite can emit light, and windows, by displaying a live external camera feed with overlayed information. In the event of a crash, the nanites can react to impact forces and reconfigure, actively protecting passengers.