Utilising design is the way that auto industry always moves forward. Many of the universities showcasing auto design at this year’s New Designers demonstrate an understanding of how we need to utilise our travel needs in an ever changing world. From streamlined ideas to fuel efficient technology these students have given their designs real thought and consideration as to the effects they will have on the user and the environment.
Archibald Colvin has also considered the users of his design the Parajet. Unlike many other para motoring vehicles, Archie’s design in not restrictive to the user during flight, something that he himself found as a para glider. The Parajet is easy to assemble and being lightweight it is more fuel efficient which allows the rider to stay in the air for longer, as well as taking only 45 mins to assemble.
Transport design student Matthew Haigh from Huddersfield University, has designed and created the Dyson Electric Scooter concept as a solution to congested roads and increased fuel prices. The two wheeled vehicle platform is designed to create more of a sense of security for the user with the inclusion of a back wheel. The removable batteries allow the user to travel as far as 14 miles on a single charge which makes the design perfect for use in airports or even short trips to the supermarket.
Some designers are more auto based and have a more futuristic appeal to their designs, showcasing something we could possible see being used for future scientific studies, two that really stood out were Bujar Muharremi’s ‘Type One’ and Simon Laurmet’s ‘Ingen’.
Bujar’s has designed a vehicle for use in Antarctica. The wind-powered design is light on the snow much in the same way as husky dogs and sleighs. Its design is inspired by the formation of rocks swell as other natural materials such as bamboo. This two-man auto design could easily be used to transport scientist to and from bases in Antarctica.
Similarly, Simon has created a sand yacht that offers spacious luxury and the cultural relevance of a yacht. With adjustable suspension and a 10kw photovoltaic roof panel, this design would easily with stand anything that the desert can through at them.
Showcasing at Northumbria University, graduate Sheldon King’s presents his urban vehicle 3CT. Sheldon’s project was about rationalising maintenance vehicles down into one that can be adapted to all conditions for all jobs. The 3CT is a multi-tasking piece of equipment designed with the city of Newcastle in mind.
Within the city walls, Newcastle has seventeen maintenance vehicles that they use for a variety of different jobs including grass cutting and road cleaning. Sheldon’s design incorporates all these different areas into one maintenance vehicle that can adapt to different weather conditions and job roles, as well as a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts as long as the average 8 hour shift.