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Case Study One: The Future of Autonomous Vehicles

Renault and Central Saint Martins came together to create a design competition focused on the future of autonomous driving.

MA Industrial Design students were invited to submit design concepts exploring how autonomous driving could impact on a car’s interior environment. Over the course of two months, nine teams of students created prototypes of their design concepts, providing valuable and creative insight into the future of autonomous mobility.

The winning entry ‘Renault Oura’, by Lily Saporta Tagiuri, Evgeniya Chernyykh and Zhenyou Gao, imagined a vehicular “suit” that gives the wearer/rider the feeling of weightlessly flying through a cityscape while still on the road. Inspired by an image of a ballet dancer lifting their partner, the wearer/rider is gracefully supported by a flexible structure of woven steel, carbon fibre and silicone.

The prize for the winning Renault Oura team was an exclusive internship at Renault Design's Technocentre in Paris.

"I was blown away by the variety of ideas. Lots of [the groups] picked up on personalisation and many conceptual ideas were believable. I was particularly pleased to see one group thinking about exercise; it made me wonder if we could actually harness kinetic energy to power the car."

Anthony Lo, Vice-President of Exterior Design, Renault

Case Study Two: The Future of Modular Vehicles

Central Saint Martins students were challenged to create designs that addressed the changing needs of the consumer.

As the industry moves towards alternative ways to own and share a vehicle, owning a car outright will become less prevalent. Considering this, the students were asked to consider ‘How might Renault use modularity to design a car which can be adapted for many different requirements, for a range of potential drivers?’

After 12 weeks of intense research and design development, a judging panel selected their three shortlisted designs. The winning student was then announced at the 2017 Design Junction, with their work being displayed at headline sponsor Renault’s experiential space, which was seen by approximately 230,000 people.

The winning student was also given an exclusive internship at Renault Design’s Technocentre in Paris.