Driverless Taxi Wins Best Design Interpretation At RCA Awards

Date: 30 June 2010
Source: Pilkington
The driverless taxi, powered by solar panels, has been designed by Swedish student, Marten Wallgren, and includes the ability to connect to other similar models on the road to create a ‘community’ charging grid.

The award for Best Use of Glazing was presented to David Seesing from Germany for Symbiosis, a complex vehicle design made from an inner and outer layer of glass designed to channel air flow through the vehicle to aid fuel efficiency and temperature control.  The two final-year students of the RCA’s world-renowned Vehicle Design MA course competed against eight shortlisted entries from six countries. The awards, which have been running for 23 years, challenge the international student design community to use its creativity skills and knowledge of advanced vehicle design technologies to produce ground-breaking concepts for the future.    Chris Bolton, global product manager at Pilkington Automotive, said: “It is incredible that after 23 years, the students still amaze us with thought-provoking conceptual design. This year’s students have surpassed our expectations by creating visionary solutions to environmentally-friendly car design that not only demonstrate good styling, but also explore the capabilities of materials and advanced technologies in terms of their safety, durability, sustainability and strength.”  Commendations for Best Design Interpretation and Best Use of Glazing were respectively awarded to Dalibor Pantucek, from the Czech Republic, and Miika Heikkinen, from Finland.  The Vehicle Design students concepts are on display to the public at Show Two Kensington at the Royal College of Art in London from 25 June until 4 July.The driverless taxi, powered by solar panels, has been designed by Swedish student, Marten Wallgren, and includes the ability to connect to other similar models on the road to create a ‘community’ charging grid. 
 
The award for Best Use of Glazing was presented to David Seesing from Germany for Symbiosis, a complex vehicle design made from an inner and outer layer of glass designed to channel air flow through the vehicle to aid fuel efficiency and temperature control. 
 
The two final-year students of the RCA’s world-renowned Vehicle Design MA course competed against eight shortlisted entries from six countries. The awards, which have been running for 23 years, challenge the international student design community to use its creativity skills and knowledge of advanced vehicle design technologies to produce ground-breaking concepts for the future.  
 
Chris Bolton, global product manager at Pilkington Automotive, said: “It is incredible that after 23 years, the students still amaze us with thought-provoking conceptual design. This year’s students have surpassed our expectations by creating visionary solutions to environmentally-friendly car design that not only demonstrate good styling, but also explore the capabilities of materials and advanced technologies in terms of their safety, durability, sustainability and strength.” 
 
Commendations for Best Design Interpretation and Best Use of Glazing were respectively awarded to Dalibor Pantucek, from the Czech Republic, and Miika Heikkinen, from Finland. 
 
The Vehicle Design students concepts are on display to the public at Show Two Kensington at the Royal College of Art in London from 25 June until 4 July.

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