A number of Royal College of Art students have designed products to help keep elderly people ‘mobile, healthy and happy’ in 2035 as part of a recent competition.
The initiative at the Royal Automobile Club’s annual London Motor Week saw and RAC Foundation set out a brief to 24 post-graduate design students, to design an autonomous solution to keep over 60s mobile in years to come.
The students used technology and materials including autonomy and artificial intelligence in their design processes to create ‘ageless mobility’ and were judged by an expert panel.
The Insight Award was presented to Team Cosmo which designed a vehicle named Circle V, a mobility solution for those with an active lifestyle.
The design featured three modes; a bicycle, a motorcycle or a comfortable seat when in autonomous mode.
Formula 1 designer, Professor Gordon Murray said: “All of the contestants looked at a variety of problems, but the Insight winner looked at a specific problem for older people, great lateral thinking and a real great piece of work.”
The Style Award was presented to Team X, which designed Cixty, an urban mobility public transport system.
Murray said: “It was a rounded bit of work both on materials, technologies and the actual feeling of the interior and exterior. The style chosen would fit the period of 2035.”
Nusrat Ghani, parliamentary under secretary of state at the department of transport, also attended the event and was impressed by the creative thinking of the students.
Ghani said: “We need our best designers to be turning their imagination and creativity to the task of making driverless mobility an attractive option for all.
“As the Chancellor announced yesterday, as a Government we are investing heavily in transport – in rail and road.”