Mitsubishi Fuso RV is ultimate mobile office for untethered enterprise
In early 2021, Nissan showed off a fascinating vision for an expandable mobile office van meant to help work-from-homers escape into nature for a different remote work experience. Fuso is now elevating that idea with the NomadPro Canter, a conceptual large rig mobile office that lets the outdoors flow inside. Unlike Nissan’s concept, the NomadPro is also a more proper RV, complete with the overnight accommodations, mini-kitchen and shower room needed to support multi-day business road trips… or RV trips with a side of remote work.
Although the lingering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are now much less acute than they were in January 2021, they have certainly not completely disappeared. Fuso explains that the pandemic-fueled growth in work-from-home (WFH) culture serves as the driving force behind the NomadPro design. The concept truck is presented as a temporary reprieve from the disadvantages of living and working in the same space – negatives such as insufficient exercise, stress and mental fatigue, which can arise from the lack of separation between home and work.
Like the Nissan Office Pod, the NomadPro works as both an inspiration for and a way to reconnect with nature, while still participating as a fully productive member of the workplace. For those already enjoying the digital nomad lifestyle, it offers an intriguing vision for a large, open purpose-built office RV that rivals the Living Vehicle Creative Studio or Airstream Flying Cloud Office in terms of merging travel, work and everyday life life.
The NomadPro is built on top of a 2WD Fuso Canter and is not meant to go as extremely remote as the Canter 4×4 that is sometimes built for expedition vehicles. Instead, it seems better suited to more developed destinations, such as local parks, bush picnic areas or campgrounds.
Simply parking a big truck next to a picnic table and hammering away at a keyboard inside the walls of a truck-top office cubicle isn’t the mental or physical boost Fuso has in mind, so it lays the NomadPro- floor inside a specialized winged sidewall truck box. At the push of a button, the main wall swings upwards with the roof to create a pitched roof over the interior. The lower sidewall panel drops off to create a full-length deck. This design essentially erases an entire wall from the office/RV space, immersing the pronomads in the natural environment.
Inside, Fuso weaves together a functional work/life space with a Japanese health and wellness motif. The floor plan centers around a mobile workstation that easily doubles as a dining room. It includes a front bench, pull-out desk/table, dual monitor system and pull-out rear bench.
Addressing the lack of work-life separation that can become hard to escape when working from home—or in a mobile office camper specifically built for working and spending the night— Fuso installs a camper-style convertible bed to replace the office space in the evening. The desk and back bench slide away; the computer screens can be closed behind cabinet doors; and the folding double bed pulls out from inside the front bench. Mobile office becomes mobile bedroom. The bed area has an integrated nightstand and warm, soothing ambient lighting. The computer monitor can be reused as a TV.
Whether set up in work or leisure mode, sidewall wide open or closed, the NomadPro is designed to maintain a close connection with nature using popular Japanese interior design strategies. Natural wood features in the furniture and decoration throughout, and the bamboo flooring has stone inlays reminiscent of a garden path. The shower room has a cypress wood bath chair and traditional okay bathtub
The NomadPro’s rear galley block looks straight out of a custom luxury motorhome and comes complete with a walnut butcher block counter, tall tap and portable induction hob. The shower room is in the back corner beyond the kitchen, separated by a retractable accordion door.
Fuso worked with truck body builder Pabco and RV specialist Dream Drive to bring the NomadPro to life as a working prototype, but it makes clear it has no plans to develop a production version for customers. However, it will contain the concept in digital content and bring it to auto shows and on a road tour of the Kanto region of Japan.
The video below takes a closer look at the NomadPro and how it can support a restless creative.
FUSO | NOMADPro concept, takes creativity further
Source: Daimler, Fuso