Renault sponsored our Industrial design class and asked us to imagine a world with completely autonomous cars.
We were given a car (Twizy) to test out our concept. We broke down the car to just it’s chassis to build a full scale model of our concept FoodPop.
Since self-driving cars are not fully autonomous yet, we decided to visit the center for automotive research at Stanford to learn more about this futuristic technology. We also talked to the team of engineers at Renault working on autonomous vehicles.
Through secondary research we learnt more about the technology Stanford and Renault plan to use for their autonomous vehicles. Using this we approximated the placement of five different equipment - LIDAR (blue), Long Distance Camera (Green), SRCamera (Orange), Ultrasonic seniors (Red), LD Radar (Yellow).
To think about the future context our design would occupy, my team and I preempted the future we would be designing for by world building, and creating a narrative for our autonomous car project.
The Seamless Future: Omniscient Data : High Infrastructure In the Seamless Future we are completely connected to the city and the city is connected to us. When we move through the city, transport and pathways are timed for our arrival and optimized for your destination. It’s a future where getting lost is an impossibility.
The Neighborhood: Limited Data : Low Infrastructure Autonomous vehicles make longer commutes a time of relaxation rather than frustration. Suburban and community centered lifestyles have become very desirable. Even though many in these pleasant burroughs benefit from technology they value face to face interaction and community.
To design a future service that employs autonomous cars, we went through multiple sketching sessions. Our initial brainstorming was broad with crazy ideas- a video game car, ride sharing that works as a dating app, swimming pool in the car, etc.
An autonomous car that delivers a barbecue station anytime, anywhere.
FoodPop can work in any space: driveways, parking lots or large scale events.
We thought carefully about the space available in the twizy (car).
We built a full scale mockup of our concept with wood, foam, paint, etc. so we could visualize it fully.
An autonomous barbacue car that maximizes fun!