MA in Transportation Design

Vehicle Design (2010)

"Effective Urban Flow" (in collaboration with Viavolo and Bombardier Transportation)

The aim on project was to deepen research on a previously identified problem, challenge or opportunity and to apply this information into the development of a vehicle (or transportation system) concept.

The design process incorporated cultural references as background and inspiration. Students were expected to address real needs identified during research. Results include solutions for personal or public transportation and even services like goods delivery, rescue or professional applications in the year 2030.

A conceptual and human centric approach was followed, with the objective to inspire and raise awareness from society and decision makers about possibilities for a more effective transport flow. Students were expected to investigate possible advantages of utilising inductive charging technology in transport applications. Solutions strongly considered the user experience when driving (or riding) the vehicles in order to boost their attractiveness and consequently have a positive effect on sustainability efforts.

Course responsibles:
Demian Horst
Kristin Fottner

Joel Alexandersson, Transportation Designer
Tony Catignani, Design Lecturer (UID)
Jasjit Singh, Form Studies (UID)
Christian Altmann, Graphic Design

Collaborating Partners:
Søren Wissing, Viavolo
Jeremie Desjardins, Bombardier Transportation

Louise McCallum's goal was to inspire electric prosperity in the World. Her vehicle concept encourages adoption of magnetic induction charging through brand loyalty, aspiration & admiration. For an enhanced user experience the vehicle features innovative access and lighting elements that welcome the owner. Exterior body panels display the spread of electric energy supply through developing regions of our planet.

Rickard Hansson's concept is inspired by human anatomy and the aim was to create a feeling of being one with the vehicle. The design promotes an easy, daily exercise, and counteract the static driving position that exists in most other vehicles. The focus is on the driving experience, and the movements of the vehicle reflect the driver's own motion.

Some children have a lot of energy in the morning, others have none. Both conditions make learning very difficult. This bus concept from Christian Hansen provides the kids with stimulating activities on the way to school so that the pupils arrive on a more alert status, ready to learn during their classes.

A transport system designed by Anton Garland and aimed at Auckland city, New Zealand. Anton considered a hypotetical by-law preventing the use of private transport in the city centre. Collect a pod from a station and go directly from A to B or join the group transit line made up of 6 interlinked pods running an express line through the morning and afternoon rush hour. The magnetic induction track is designed so that each pod has a receiver built into the wrapping frame. Transmitters set into the tracks power the pods directly from the main grid. Side-mounted rails can attach to existing infarstructure such as buildings and overpasses. Each Pod allows for 5 adults + one wheelchair occupant.

The project was initiated with a form exploration exercise. The work was based on the keywords Energy & Movement. Erik Ever's approach was to explore the aesthetics of converting energy into movement. The result is an extremelly lightweight vehicle designed specifically for sharing.

The Retriever Pod, a concept from Richard Stark, is a transportation solution to stimulate the consumption of locally produced organic food. The autonomous pods commute daily between farms and urban centers to recreate the experience of shopping fresh products in the street market.

This vehicle concept from Yujin Kim operates like a mobile snack bar. It contains kitchen equipment like hot plates to provide a proper breakfast for workers in a mega-city like Seoul. The proposed compact vehicle has enough interior space to cater for two operators. Customers have the ability to comfortably eat their snacks while sitting on cleverly integrated seats.

Alexandra Ciobanu's aim with her design concept for an integrated backpack was to capture the attention and energy of the child in a way that is not disturbing for the parents, and to keep the child entertained and safe inside and outside the vehicle.

The Bombardier dirigible is a slow-moving aircraft proposed by Jonas Poulsen. It suggests a new perspective on future transport solutions by giving users the ability to see the cites and landscapes from a breathtaking angle. The dirigible is designed to carry two to four passengers and the 360 degree open cockpit design enables the users to freely experience the view of the world below.