Will driverless cars look like this?

Early prototypes of driverless cars are pretty similar to those already on the roads today – with a regular seating layout and a driver sitting behind an (unnecessary) wheel. But fully-autonomous cars should offer a great deal more freedom for manufacturers to experiment with interiors.

MA Industrial Design students at Central Saint Martins have been working in collaboration with Renault to determine how autonomous driving and the result of less driver interaction could impact on a vehicle’s interior environment.

A winning design will be picked from these prototypes by Groupe Renault’s vice president, exterior design, Anthony Lo, tomorrow, as part of the firm’s sponsorship of Clerkenwell Design Week.

Phantasy

Phantasy

This rather cool looking car is the Renault Phantasy. Its interior can change to match the mood and requirements of its passengers. It uses three rotatable discs arranged vertically alongside each other to offer a variety of comfortable seating positions depending on their requirements – providing a chair, chaise longue or desk.

SYEO

SYEO

The SYEO is a mobile office that can be reconfigured to suit your workspace needs – from an intimate private space to meetings, brainstorming, video conferencing and more. It could be used as a temporary workplace wherever the user requires – be it a factory, at a client’s office, in the countryside or on the beach.

Its designers said: “SYEO is an autonomous vehicle that can be summoned on demand to fulfil temporary space requirements. As a driverless vehicle, SYEO gifts its passengers the valuable time spent in transit for productive use. It provides multiple furniture and seating configurations primarily facilitated by use of inflatable seating components providing great flexibility in a compact space package.”

OURA

OURA

OURA is a wearable autonomous car. Yes, you read that right – it’s a car you can wear. The group behind creating the OURA explains that autonomous technology means driverless cars can almost eliminate collisions, meaning they need much fewer safety features.

They said: “The Renault Oura is a vehicular “suit” that gives the wearer/rider the feeling of weightlessly flying through a cityscape while still on the road. As autonomous technologies have the potential to eliminate collisions, it is possible to radically reduce the physicality of a vehicle designed to absorb impact.”