Renault asked the MA Industrial Design students of Central Saint Martins, UAL, to dream up their vision for the future of mobility, placing emphasis on autonomy and modularity. After presenting their ideas, the finalists have now been chose. None of the semi-finalists had ever designed a vehicle before. Shown for the first time at designjunction 2017, which runs 21st-24th September, the competition was part of a challenge by Renault to encourage the students of MA Industrial Design to think about the future of autonomous, modular car design, and how infrastructure and services might support it.


They met the Renault makers with a boldness and a real passion for life in the automotive lane. The jury considered three projects to be suitable for the semifinals stage: Yunchen Cai’s The Float, Stephanie Chang Lui’s Flo and of Tuna Yenici’s Vue.

The winner of the concours is Yunchen Cai, creator of The Float. For this project, she ‘thought about how Renault might use modularity to design a car that can be adapted to meet the wants and needs of real people’. She describes modularity as a design of components that can be assembled together in a variety of ways to meet the individual users’ needs. Inspired by the pattern of tessellation, she created vehicles as individual units that can also be connected together. Each ‘modular’ can be transferred into different modes to suit different scenarios.

Winning model is on show at designjunction 2017 21 st -24 th September in Central London.

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