Renault and Central Saint Martins Announce Car Design Contest
Renault has revealed details of a new collaboration with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London to offer the college’s MA Industrial Design students the opportunity to experience the French car manufacturer’s Global Design Studios via a competition to shape the car interior of the future.
Through the partnership, nine groups of three students studying at the London-based arts college, which is the largest of its kind in the UK, have been tasked with determining how autonomous driving and the result of less driver interaction could impact on a vehicle’s interior environment.
The groups’ design concepts will be assessed by a judging panel that includes Anthony Lo, Renault’s current vice-president of exterior design. As part of the French carmaker’s sponsorship of Clerkenwell Design Week 2016, the winning group will then be unveiled by Lo at the ‘Conversations with Clerkenwell’ design discussion next week; the winners will be rewarded with a placement at Groupe Renault’s Global Design Studios, at the Renault Technocentre R&D facility, near Paris.
Renault Vice-President of Exterior Design – Anthony Lo
Renault says it plans to introduce autonomous driving vehicles by 2020, with the ambition to become the first to offer ‘eyes-off/hands-off’ technology on mainstream vehicles “at an affordable price”.
Back in April, Renault participated in a special get-together to showcase emerging autonomous drive technologies to a select group of European policy makers. The European Union’s 28 Transport Ministers gathered in Amsterdam to sign the Amsterdam Declaration in favour of autonomous vehicles, with Renault using the occasion to reveal three ‘Renault Espace Autonomous Drive demonstrators’ which have already been trialed for several hundred hours in ordinary traffic across Europe.