Off-limits mobility: Solutions for the micromobility of the future
In a context of constant change and evolution, micromobility, characterised by small vehicles for individual use, emerges as the best option for cities of the future, which are becoming increasingly crowded. This new mobility is freer and faster, and allows for easier movement between inter- and extra-urban spaces. Further, with the incorporation of the latest technological advances emerge functionalities that completely transform the driving experience.
This new mobility poses a challenge for designers in the transport industry, who, in addition to adapting new models to this urban scenario, must take into account sustainability and environmental impact.
Students of the Undergraduate Degree in Product Design, Itinerary in Transport Design have presented their final degree projects which, within this unprecedented context, offer solutions to the needs of future generations.
These final projects have been developed over the course of six months, and were first presented in their development phase, so that teachers and professionals could guide students and provide them with some final advice. They were later presented in a final exhibition that, due to the current situation, was carried out virtually, with an international jury including experts from the sector.
This year, due to the current situation and the impossibility of working in the school’s workshop, students have had to further develop their digital skills. Despite the difficulties, Raffaella Perrone, Design School Managing Director, states that “the results have been amazing and the communication of the projects very efficient”. She adds that, presenting the final degree projects virtually “enhances the future professional skills of the students to work with companies based in other countries”.
Description of the projects
HONDA CR DAKAR
Student: Guillem Garriga
The prototype of the Honda Dakar is an off-road motorcycle designed with the intention of being viable, tangible and as functional as possible for endurance racing and, in particular, for the Paris-Dakar 2030. This motorcycle is 100% electric and its aesthetic features follow the line of design that Honda is creating in its studio Honda R&D in Rome.
This vehicle is designed with materials such as carbon fibre, titanium and magnesium to be able to withstand this type of high-level competition. Further, each of the parts that comprise it are prepared to tolerate the adverse conditions of the climate and desert ground.
Student: Sergio Salto
The distinctive feature of AMD VRM lies in a design conceived for a very specific user: Gamers.
In order for these video game experts to travel while they continue to enjoy their greatest passion, this model incorporates both an autonomous driving mode, which enables them to remain connected, and a manual driving mode, so that they can leave behind the virtual world and enjoy the driving experience.
This vehicle also includes all the gadgets necessary for this innovative technology, with which the user can customise the aesthetics of their model virtually.
Student: Edgar Millan
Cupra DUOS is a vehicle designed to enjoy both the city and the rural world. It is designed so that it can move between these two scenarios, being as environmentally sustainable as possible. In this way, it aims to avoid the maximum possible impact upon and collapse of the environment that surrounds us.
As a vehicle conceived for semi-urban terrain, certain basic criteria have been taken into account, such as the height of the car’s underbody, to avoid possible impacts.
Student: Juanjo Masero Pérez
The project ALTERED EGO is a paradigm shift. It represents the transition of the human condition from the physical to the digital. In this speculative scenario, cities lack a tangible place, and therefore do not have physical limits like space or population density.
The vehicle, called ZÉRO, is completely digital. Its body is designed in an extremely pure and athletic way, and stands out for breaking away from the current proportions of automobiles. Some of its features include a semi-transparent cover, which blurs the difference between the interior and exterior, and an ergonomic seat in which the driver can almost lie down, since they do not need to drive.
Student: Marcel Domènech i Robert
REN is an off-road vehicle that is electric and compact, designed to facilitate the movement of all of those content creators who need to move around different spaces, both inside and outside of the city.
In order to facilitate the work of these creators, the vehicle includes removable and interchangeable parts. The rear storage compartments, for example, can be used as seats and, the front lights as torches. Further, the space is perfectly adapted to transport the gadgets that these content creators need to work (tripods, photo and video cameras, etc.)
Student: Xabier Romero Talacchia
INFINE is framed within a context of hyperconnectivity in which mobility will be controlled by artificial intelligence.
This vehicle aims to maintain a sense of ownership by redefining the concept of space in urban mobility and, to this end, incorporates concepts of biometrics and textile technology in its design. INFINE can be folded upon itself and includes an interactive menu with which the user can control the vehicle and create a more intuitive connection that enhances the driving experience.