Concept vehicles are all about creativity, and it's inevitable that they eventually turn to the dark side. Consider this Canadian hearse design.
To begin with, the Aeternal is a self-driving car.
The futuristic, high-tech hearse from Imaginactive, a Montreal-based nonprofit purveyor of creative ideas, would be auto-piloted or driven by remote control and could maneuver in tight spots at funeral homes and cemeteries, thanks to wheels that move independently from one another.
It would be transparent:
The casket would be transparent to allow others to see and pay their final respects to the deceased. The cover could be taken off when the body is on display and replaced prior to burial. Caskets would need to respect certain dimensions if they need to be lowered inside the vehicle. Some of them could be made of plastic, glass, or any other material. The vehicle would be made of lightweight composite materials. For transparent coffins, the inside would automatically be kept cool since the temperature of the enclosure would rise quickly under the sun. (Note that the A/C system would be positioned on the vehicle.)
And it plays multimedia.
Music and pictures could be uploaded or streamed to the Aeternal. The vehicle could project holographic content on the floor and speakers could play the deceased’s favorite music during the procession. Those features are at the discretion of the family since they can easily be disabled.
C|Net helpfully points out what Infocult readers have long known:
Mourners, for example, can already visit tombstones with video screens that let the dead communicate in an endless loop. And the Memorial RosettaStone Tablet makes it possible for cemetery visitors to stream photos and even messages from the deceased to any internet-enabled mobile device by touching it to a headstone.
(thanks to Steven "Teamster of the Damned" Kaye)