The KiraVan is ready for the Apocalypse. This all-terrain monster is designed to withstand some of the most gruelling conditions nature can throw at it. It’s the brainchild of designer and technologist Bran Ferren, who also happens to be a former Disney “Imagineer” whose old job was to bring the Magic Kingdom’s cinematic fantasies to life.
Named after Ferren’s daughter Kira, the vehicle is an expedition vehicle designed with a youngster’s safety and comfort in mind. As Ferren put in a recent interview with Wired Magazine’s Brian Rafferty, he wants Kira to see the natural wonders of the world, but he’d also like her to survive the experience.
The KiraVan was designed and built Applied Minds, LLC, where Ferren serves as Co-Chairman.
KiraVan is built on a Mercedes-Benz truck platform and comes with an attached trailer that houses the living quarters.
Development for the KiraVan started in 2010. It was designed as a go-anywhere expedition vehicle with limited ecological impact.
...the KiraVan is built on a Mercedes-Benz Unimog frame and powered by the truck's 260hp turbo-diesel engine.
The KiraVan has a range of 2000 miles under normal driving conditions. It can even carry enough food, water, and other supplies to sustain 3 people for 3 weeks.
Highlights include a dazzling array of advanced communications, vehicle positioning, and vehicle preservation systems.
On top of the roof are numerous satellite communication antennas and a slew of high-intensity lighting systems.
Highlights of the cockpit include satellite and positioning displays. The KiraVan can even control unmanned vehicles to explore areas too dangerous for a human to investigate.
Insider the trailer is an advanced office with additional communication systems. There's an additional set of controls for remotely operated vehicles or drones.
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