Renault FLO

Client project, first year MA Industrial Design, Central Saint Martins

The Challenge: How might Renault use modularity to design a car which can be adapted for many different requirements, for a range of potential drivers.

Award: Finalist for Renault x UAL Design the Future Competition, exhibited at Design Junction, London Design Week 2017

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FLO is a subscription based transportation system that maximises vehicle and road usage by delivering people and goods seamlessly and efficiently across the city.

FLO operates on the foundation of co-habilitation and co-dependency. It not only caters to a wide variety of users but also blurs the boundaries of public and private ownership of vehicles and spaces, allowing the network of vehicles to work and serve the community as a cohesive unit. Modularity is implemented on three different levels; across the city, between vehicle models and within the vehicle itself. This further corresponds to three options of subscription service; Renault Delivery, Renault Commute and Renault Private. 

 

 

1, Renault Delivery

Renault Delivery is a vehicle model that only carries freight and has an intelligent logistics system that supports the service. It is an entry point for those who may prefer other methods of travel, yet want the benefits of the fast delivery service Renault offers through Flo.

On the map, it is constantly moving and circulates its designated area. Passing by Renault service centres to load and unload goods then delivering to major city infrastructure points, as well as drop off points placed strategically across the city.

On the map, it is constantly moving and circulates its designated area. Passing by Renault service centres to load and unload goods then delivering to major city infrastructure points, as well as drop off points placed strategically across the city.

 

2.  Renault Commute

Renault Commute is where the user receives the benefits from car sharing as well as the delivery service network. The vehicle itself has a lower compartment designated to cargo and adopts the same intelligent logistics system on a smaller scale.  

Instead of loading the entire vehicle, Renault Commute has 2 portable cargo pods that can be loaded when passing by a service centre, or it can be simply filled up as it travels around the city. The vehicle can carry up to 12 people, allowing the user to choose whether they prefer individual seating, a bench or leaning against the side bars. They also will be able to select the level of urgency/priority for each ride, adjusting the cost to the amount they see fit.

Instead of loading the entire vehicle, Renault Commute has 2 portable cargo pods that can be loaded when passing by a service centre, or it can be simply filled up as it travels around the city. The vehicle can carry up to 12 people, allowing the user to choose whether they prefer individual seating, a bench or leaning against the side bars. They also will be able to select the level of urgency/priority for each ride, adjusting the cost to the amount they see fit.

 

 

3. RENAULT PRIVATE

Renault Private is a vehicle that premium users gain access to 24/7. It also adopts the same modular logistics system, allowing the user to set their autonomous vehicle on delivery service mode while the car is not in use, so that the user receives credit without the need to share his or her private interior space.

In return for the service, premium users receive maximum customisation at no extra cost. This subscription service allows the user to tailor the interior to the journey with a touch of an app. Once an interior is selected, the vehicle navigates itself to the service centre where the interiors are swapped out. The vehicle then drives itself back home ready for use.

 

Connecting Infrastructure

Furthermore, new Apartment layouts and building Structures could be designed around the transportation system (system backend), to allow people and goods to flow between private and public space even more seamlessly. (Renault Commute entering into serviced apartments)

 
On the map, the freight vehicle will circulate the yellow area making stops at drop off zones along the way. The commute vehicle would cut across zones, picking up and dropping off people and packages simultaneously. And last, the private vehicle takes routine trips during the day depending on individual and family needs.

On the map, the freight vehicle will circulate the yellow area making stops at drop off zones along the way. The commute vehicle would cut across zones, picking up and dropping off people and packages simultaneously. And last, the private vehicle takes routine trips during the day depending on individual and family needs.

At any given time, the system will calculate the fastest route a package can take to get to its final destination and make adjustments along the way.

The modular system can be expanded to inter-city level, where cities are connected by maglev high speed trains that consist of a combination of passenger carriages as well as cargo carriages which share the same logistics system across the borders. This way the entire transportation system can be synchronized to increase efficiency, lower costs and conserve resources.

The modular system can be expanded to inter-city level, where cities are connected by maglev high speed trains that consist of a combination of passenger carriages as well as cargo carriages which share the same logistics system across the borders. This way the entire transportation system can be synchronized to increase efficiency, lower costs and conserve resources.

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RESEARCH AND DESIGN PROCESS

For early research, I focused my attention on understanding the basics such as what different levels of autonomy meant, what infrastructure needed to be in place, full ownership vs co-ownership and what changes can autonomous vehicles bring on a variety of scales. To begin my brainstorm journey however, I had to take a step back from the ‘car’ as we know it and uncover the underlying benefits of autonomy and modularity through a variety of exercises. 

 

design junction @ London Design Week

Three finalists exhibiting our work alongside the Renault Trezor at the design junction event during London Design Week 2017.

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