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This paper aims to be a source of inspiration for the development of future mobility. By examining current social trends and existing mobility concepts, it will conclude with three design directions for future mobility and a design proposal. In this paper, mobility will be limited to motorized vehicles on land. Mobility is the means to move something or someone from A to B. Throughout history, human’s need for business and travel has led to various methods to transport goods and people. Depending on the geographical location, social environment and technological advancements, people have found the most efficient way for transport. Most often than not, mobility has been a great solution in human society and has become an essential part of it. Mobility has played a large role in the development of countries and urbanization of cities, being the ‘circulatory system’ of a nation. However, it’s extensive use has led to pollution and traffic, which has led the automotive industry to develop different solutions to alleviate social matters. During the 1900s, horse carriages were seen as the source of city pollution. Horses produced foul odor, loud clatters and congestion within the city. Social movements were made to find a solution for better development. In this era, using the combustion engine to replace horses was the ‘perfect’ solution, creating the ‘horseless’ carriage. Vehicles today are the result of constant iterations and development of the ‘horseless’ carriage. Today, similar problems are being repeated. Active urbanization is creating pollution and congestion as people are moving into cities. They create problems such as air pollution and traffic congestions. The horseless carriage was not a permanent, but a temporary solution of the past. The popular solution today is electrification of vehicles, replacing the combustion engine. They produce less noise and air pollution and can have an efficient vehicle layout, thus saving urban space. Vehicle architecture as we know today are undergoing a major change. This is because electric vehicles use different parts than combustion vehicles. EV parts are much smaller in size and fewer in number compared to combustion vehicles. Smaller parts allow a much flexible vehicle layout and give designers the freedom to alter and improve vehicle architecture. Moreover, the convergence of different industries amplifying one another, albeit 4th industrial revolution, will change the car, as we know it today. With this foresight, major automotive firms are proposing concept prototypes. The research will examine existing mobility design proposals and social trends which will be explained in the latter part of this paper. The outcome of the research will be concluded into three design requirements, Modularity, Moving Interior & Space and Distinct Driving, with high hopes that they can provide inspiration for other designers. The Requirements will be the basis for design ideation and final proposal of this paper.