PLP gave a sneak preview to their CarTube concept at the Bloomberg hosted conference Plan Forum: Future of Mobility


Lars Hesselgren, Director of Research, was invited to give a sneak preview of PLP’s CarTube concept at a panel discussion on urban mobility hosted by Plan and Bloomberg New Energy Finance in London.

Based on a fusion of two technologies - mass transport and autonomous vehicles - PLP’s CarTube concept has the potential to radically reinvent urban mobility in the upcoming years. PLP will host a public launch of CarTube this summer.

PLP Architecture unveils CarTube, a pioneering mobility solution to mass transport and traffic congestion.


PLP Architecture has unveiled the concept design for CarTube, during the ‘Future of Urban Mass Transportation’ Conference held on December 2nd 2016 in London. The Conference brought together researchers and scientists from the UK and abroad to discuss the direction of future transportation technology.

The CarTube concept translates a pioneering mobility solution which combines two existing modes of transport, automated electric cars and mass transit, into a single, seamless underground road system.


Lars Hesselgren, Director of Research at PLP Architecture: “CarTube is a direct response to mass transit and traffic congestion in the world’s largest cities. Moving high-speed car traffic below ground will revolutionise our concept of the city, allowing our urban spaces to be designed not for cars, but for people. CarTube has the potential to be the next best thing to teleportation and will revolutionise exiting cities and allow for unprecedented urban forms.”


PLP Architecture will continue their research on CarTube and will act as a catalyst for innovation, bringing together great minds from different  backgrounds to imagine a future where cars don't compete but  collaborate.



Lars Hesselgren, Director of Research at PLP, featured in Emerging Models Of Transdisciplinarity, a film about the nature of design research today.


A paradigm shift is happening in design that is not rooted in particular disciplines, sectors or industries. Design is becoming an engine of innovation and is disrupting existing modes of production and consumption. Design industry, research and education require a new way of thinking: one that embraces a culture of innovation.

Lars Hesselgren, Director of Research at PLP, upcoming speaking engagements in 2017.


18th May – JLR, at University of Warwick Coventry Auditorium of the International Digital Laboratory


5-6 July The Future of Transportation World Conference 2017


5-6th July at the KoelnMesse, Cologne, Germany.


6th November – AoA Transport, Chalmers, Gothenburg


8th November – SmartMetro, Paris


15th November - Transport initiative seminar

Lars Hesselgren talks CarTube at the City Car Summit 2017 in Berlin, Germany on March 14th.



15th November - Transport initiative seminar


Autonomous Vehicles Silicon Valley, 1st of March 2017, in Santa Clara, US.


City Car Summit 2017, 14th March 2017 in Berlin, Germany.


The Future of Transportation World Conference 2017 - 5, 6, 7th July in Cologne, Germany.


‘Why would I buy an electric car or live in a wooden skyscraper?’

7th of March 2017, 18:30 – 20:30, Swedish Ambassador's Residence




With teleportation far from reality, architects in London propose CarTube – the “next best thing”...

Evo News, 06 December 2016


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