It's a new world, and fully autonomous vehicles are here to rule the automotive world. Although the extent to which autonomous cars have integrated in our system is yet to increase, there are partial autonomous cars doing their duties. Sadly, manufacturers are using the same interface and cabin design as the conventional cars in driverless cars.
Renault, on the other hand, has different plans altogether and wants to bring future design as soon as possible. Keeping the sort of changes an interior cabin will go through compared to today’s cars, Renault asked students doing MA Industrial Design from Central Saint Martins and University of Arts London to take part in a competition to develop a suitable cabin for an autonomous-focused car. In all three finalists were selected: Oura, SYEO, and Phanthasy.
First up, the Renault Oura is created by Lily Saporta Tagiuri, Evgeniya Chernykh, and Zhenyou Gao and won the competition with a so-called “vehicular suit.” It gives the wearer the “the feeling of weightlessly flying through a cityscape while still on the road.” The wearer/rider will be supported by a structure made with a combination of woven steel, carbon fiber, and silicone.
The whole structure is made in such a way that it is suspended between spherical wheels powered by electric motors. To balance the wearer, there are various built-in gyroscopes. Also, around the wearer’s waist, there are pivots that ensure unrestricted movement all the time and give the rider flexibility to switch from a fully reclining to gliding position.
Next up is the Renault SYEO (Share Your Extra Office) made by Kyunggeun Bae, Lucinda Mulholland, and Calixte Ollagnier. The fully reconfigurable cabin suit to multiple workspace requirements, and can be transformed into an intimate private space, a meeting room, video conference room or a brainstorming room as and when required. The SYEO can also be summoned on demand by the owner while being inside and the inflatable seating components offer numerous customization possibilities.
Last but not the least is the Renault Phantasy developed by Belinda Deschamps, Rui Sun, and Mike Simonelli. Phantasy has a cabin that adapts to the mood of the passengers. The designers creatively developed three large rotating discs that are arranged vertically and offer the most comfy position based on the passenger’s mood. Also, the seating can be arranged depending on what you need, and can be transformed into a chair, chaise lounge or even a desk.
While It’s still going to take some time for the driverless cars to become a daily affair, the range of innovations and designs coming up are exciting. The latest from Renault doubles an autonomous car as a workspace or as a place to relax.