While the Cybertruck is still a conceptual vehicle, we thought let’s raise the bar and imagine what a Tesla Cyberbike would look like!
Sort of looking like the Tesla Cyberquad’s more brutal older sibling, the Cyberbike comes with the same sharp, angular metal bodywork underneath which houses Tesla’s game-changing electric drivetrain. However, this is not an official Tesla concept, not even fan-made. These conceptual images (there are loads of them below) were designed primarily using Midjourney’s Text-to-Image AI. I simply described the Tesla Cyberbike to the AI robot, and was greeted by some pretty extraordinary-looking images of the edgy, low-poly e-bike with a large, aggressive body mainly made of sheet metal. AI has also experimented with other aspects of the e-bike – no two headlights look the same and some tires look pretty angular, but the results make two things very clear… A. AI is an incredibly powerful creator. tool and B. Someone should really do these because they definitely look BONKERS.
Designer: Midjourney (Sarang Sheth’s prompts)
These images are courtesy of Midjourney’s latest V4 upgrade, which now allows users to use images in text prompts. I just chose a few minimalist bike designs and told the AI to expand on that by creating an “electric motorcycle inspired by the Tesla Cybertruck.” For the most part, the AI has done a pretty remarkable job of understanding how angular the Cybertruck’s design is and placing it on the ‘Cyberbike’, but the one thing AI currently lacks is consistency. Each image is of a ‘new’ motorcycle, not much like the other concept. If anything, this article is more of a mood board for what a Tesla Cyberbike should look like. If Franz von Holzhausen (Tesla’s chief designer) is reading this, welcome! You’re welcome!
The bike concepts have a few things in common, all being quite spacious and with an imposing silhouette that makes them feel more like a superbike than your average e-bike. These thick AF tires also reinforce this idea, but some concepts make the tires as sharp and sharp as the Cyberbike’s plating. Giving the AI a cyberpunk theme resulted in a few interesting variants with some nice headlights (all LED strips), and some concepts like the ones below even put lights on the tires, making the e-bike look like it popped out of Tron.
AI clearly does not understand the technical details, so many concepts may not seem completely applicable, it is more of a general visual aspect. Some concepts forget about footpegs, some play pretty loosely with internal components – almost none of the concepts have tailpipes, but there are a few concepts that seem to have a fuel-powered engine. I like that they all skip the rear view mirrors too, almost like an internal joke about how Cybertruck didn’t have rear view mirrors when it debuted! Fortunately, these concepts do not have broken glass panels.
This Tesla Cyberbike discovery has finally turned into a headlight discovery as artificial intelligence makes its way into entirely new headlight styles. All are undoubtedly sporty and LED strip lighting seems to be a recurring theme, but unlike the Cybertruck, which has a single strip running from left to right, these concepts experiment with new shapes and split headlight design. MUCH more characters than motorcycles.
Glowing shock absorbers are a nice touch, right?! The image below goes as far as adding stripes to the bottom and back for a pretty interesting overall aesthetic.
Even in close-ups, the AI has done an outstanding job of revealing the details of the Cyberbike’s headlight, glass cover, and even the air intakes around it, while keeping everything bilaterally symmetrical. Take a closer look and you can see what the additional lights look like with the reflectors and textured glass, but again, these images should definitely be taken as they appear.
My last experiment was also designing a dashboard for the motorcycle, and it seems the AI prefers something more traditional and circular, but in Tesla cars a huge touchscreen seems more of a standard. This board is also fully digital, but the numbers and letters are meaningless because the AI can’t yet generate meaningful text (something Nvidia broke with their latest AI tool, eDiff-I, but that’s not yet public use).
Earlier this year, we also covered what an AI-designed Apple Car would look like, created by another AI art robot called DALL·E 2. I’m afraid this may be the end of man-made art, the tool should also be seen for what it is, and incredible idea software that designers and artists can use to create quick concepts that take just minutes instead of hours or days.