Renault FoodPop

An autonomous barbecue delivery car.

Four month project sponsored by Renault at California College of the Arts (January 2016 - May 2016)

Collaboration with Judy Leung, William Chan, Isamu Taguchi and Lingfeng Hua: I contributed to user research, concept generation, brainstorming, building CAD model and building the physical full-scale model. The sketches in this portfolio are mine (Other team member sketches are not displayed in my portfolio).

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.

UNDERSTANDING TECHNOLOGY: SECONDARY RESEARCH

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).

DESIGNING THE FUTURE: USING WORLD BUILDING

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. 

IDEATION: SKETCHING

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.

FINAL CONCEPT: CUSTOMER JOURNEY

An autonomous car that delivers a barbecue station anytime, anywhere.

USER SCENARIO: ADAPTABILITY

FoodPop can work in any space: driveways, parking lots or large scale events.

STORAGE SPACE: WORKING WITH THE TWIZY

We thought carefully about the space available in the twizy (car).

FINAL CONCEPT: PROTOTYPING

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!