Are Google’s driverless cars set to change car design?
The Google self-driving car has taken a bit of stick in both the mainstream automotive and specialist design press for the way it looks. We’re not about to start defending it, as from a purely automotive design resolution perspective it leaves quite a lot to be desired.
Nonetheless we do think that some people are missing the point. And in a video released by Google to chart the development of the car (and why it is like it is), we find some interesting clues as to the car’s looks.
Car Design Research has been busy this week lending our expertise to some distinguished publications around the world.
Joe Simpson's experience and expertise in mobility and future transport to an article in The Guardian about the future of transport and driverless cars. You can read the full article here: here
Sam Livingstone's encyclopedic knowledge of motoring history is on show in a Wired article about a very peculiar German car that illustrates the fine balance of form and function necessary for good automotive design. You can read that article on the Wired website.
Driver-less car design: Sleep-walking into the future?
There is something hugely appealing about the driver-less car. Even the most gear-headed among us has sat in a traffic jam and thought ‘surely I could be doing something better with my time’.
At CES this week, Mercedes-Benz unveiled their F015 Luxury in Motion driverless car concept to showcase some ideas around this. It’s a hugely significant juncture for both automotive design and advanced mobility, dripping with some undoubtedly very alluring tech.
From Uber in Vegas to Apple and the Airbnb of cars
I was at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas last week. While inside was the Faraday Future launch, Volkswagen apologies (and the Budd-e), and the host of interior bucks and gesture interfaces, it was actually something outside of the show halls that really intrigued me.
Anyone who’s visited Vegas will be aware of the ‘small/far away’ factor which means you make the ‘let’s walk to MGM it’s really not that far away’ mistake only once. Because of the scale of the Casinos, distances are much greater than they appear. So you take cabs everywhere.
The ride I took from the airport after arriving in the city literally scared the hell out of me, and I’m not easily unsettled in a vehicle. So, like most of the 170,000 other CES attendants, I then used Uber during the rest of my trip. Everyone’s private driver has just launched in Vegas and was operating on a discount pricing scheme which meant that – most of the time – it was a no brainer choice over regular taxis.