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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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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