Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility

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MA Intelligent Mobility is a new 15-month, 240 credit programme that will succeed the existing MA Vehicle Design. It will be launched in 2017/18 alongside the Intelligent Mobility Lab, a new multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to the future of transportation design, systems and urban mobility, led by Director and inaugural Chair in Intelligent Mobility Professor Dale Harrow. MA Intelligent

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Photos from Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility's post 07/03/2022

The RCA Intelligent Mobility course is delighted to announce the second in our series of online degree show presentations.

On Wednesday 9th March, Simon Loasby, Vice President and Head of Hyundai Style Group will be joining Professor Dale Harrow, Dr Chris Thorpe and a group of our latest graduates for our second session online webinars discussing the work based around the theme of "Humanising Technology".

Our Postgraduate students will be presenting work of exceptional quality, imagination and technical skill, with visionary design proposals to a wide range of mobility, vehicle and user experiential future opportunities and scenarios.

You are warmly invited to attend this weeks' Webinar event which will include round table discussions along with final project presentations by our students.

EVENT DATES / REGISTRATION LINKS
March 9th, 1pm-2pm UK time (GMT)
RSVP in advance for Webinar below:
https://rca-ac.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wdPxZ_73QmS8k0-JCTTDLQ

Photos from Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility's post 23/02/2022

Professor Dale Harrow and Dr Chris Thorpe are delighted to announce the dates for the virtual Intelligent Mobility MA Degree Show which will be taking place in March 2022. Postgraduate students will be presenting work of exceptional quality, imagination and technical skill, with visionary design proposals to a wide range of mobility, vehicle and user experiential future opportunities and scenarios. You are warmly invited to attend the following Webinar events which will include round table discussions along with final project presentations by our students. You are welcome to attend one, two or all three events.

EVENT DATES / REGISTRATION LINKS

Webinar 1: Wednesday 2 March 2022 | 1pm until 2pm

Theme: Automotive Transitions
Industry Speaker: Pratap Bose (Chief Design Officer, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.)

RSVP in advance for Webinar 1 below:
https://rca-ac.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SM2OwbnsSvKwR7f4XhclWw

10/06/2020

RCA itelligent Mobility MA 2020 Virtual Degree Show.

Professor Dale Harrow and Dr Chris Thorpe are delighted to announce the dates for the virtual Intelligent Mobility MA degree show which will be taking place in June and July.

Postgraduate students will be presenting work of exceptional quality, imagination and technical skill, with visionary design proposals to a wide range of mobility, vehicle and user experiential future opportunities and scenarios.

You are warmly invited to attend the following Webinar events which will include round table discussions along with final project presentations. You are welcome to attend one, two or all three events.

Webinar 1: Wednesday 17 June | 1pm until 2pm
Theme - Automotive Transitions
Industry Speaker: David Beasley, Principle Designer, McLaren Automotive Ltd

RSVP in advance for Webinar 1 here:
https://rca-ac.zoom.us/webinar/register/7115910010893/WN_BWEdJIipRX2BBwzrUsMw_w

VIP Private Virtual Presentation by Head of Programme - Tuesday 16 June from 2pm until 4pm. Please email [email protected] if you would like to book a private presentation.

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Webinar 2: Wednesday 24 June | 1pm until 2pm
Theme - Humanising Technology
Industry Speakers: Joe Simpson, Senior Design Strategist, Volvo Car Corporation

RSVP in advance for Webinar 2 here:
https://rca-ac.zoom.us/webinar/register/5815910038353/WN_yKQC-qsSSXqrDWBrVpLmQw

VIP Private Virtual Presentation by Head of Programme - Tuesday 23 June from 2pm until 4pm. Please email [email protected] if you would like to book a private presentation.

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Webinar 3: Wednesday 1st July | 1pm until 2pm
Theme - People & Places
Industry Speaker: Paul Priestman, Co-founder and Chairman of PriestmanGoode

RSVP in advance for Webinar 3 here:
https://rca-ac.zoom.us/webinar/register/4915910047548/WN_HOeRvBOYScOUSKRsDI6luw

VIP Private Virtual Presentation by Head of Programme - Tuesday 30th June from 2pm until 4pm. Please email [email protected] if you would like to book a private presentation.

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MA Intelligent Mobility Degree Show 2020 21/01/2020

***INTELLIGENT MOBILITY DEGREE SHOW***
2nd year students from MA Intelligent Mobility Programme will be showcasing their final projects next month
at RCA Kensington
Private View: 19 February | 6-9pm | Register through link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ma-intelligent-mobility-degree-show-2020-tickets-85078099887
Open to Public: 21-23 February | 12-6pm | Free entry

MA Intelligent Mobility Degree Show 2020 On behalf of Professor Dale Harrow and Dr Chris Thorpe, we are delighted to announce the Intelligent Mobility MA degree show which will be taking place 19-23 February 2020 at the Royal College of Art, London. 22 postgraduate students will be presenting work of exceptional quality, imagination and te...

Photos from Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility's post 25/06/2019

It was great to welcome Martin Uhlarik, Tata Motors UK Head of Design, to the RCA Intelligent Mobility course today. Martin's insightful, entertaining and thought-provoking lecture covered his his career and work at Tata, the challenges that face the automotive and mobility industries (particularly in rapidly developing markets)and the ever-growing and developing role of both Design and the Designer: " Car design isn't rocket science, its social science"

Photos from Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility's post 17/05/2019

More photos from yesterdays CarDesignnews Sketch-Off event with RCA Inteliigent Mobility studetns Hui Li and Dain Kim's 35minutes sketch design work

17/05/2019

We were delighted to attend the first CarDesignNews sketch-off event ate the London Motor Show yesterday. RCA Intelligent mobiliy was represented by students Hui (Kevin) Li and Dain Kim. Students from fellow transportation, automotive and mobility courses at Aston, Coventry and Staffordshire along with the RCA had 35minutes to create a sketch to a brief of ‘How does the next James Bond move around the city? "
It was great to see RCA Student Hui Li win the £500 first prize with his sports car with integrated monowheel/segway-like persuit vehicle to be used for chasing vilans in narrow congested streets. . Many thanks to CarDesignNews, Forge Design, Bridge of Wier and Ultrafabrics,as well as the London Motor Show for creating, sponsoring and supporting this great event.

https://cardesignnews.com/articles/news/2019/05/cdn-sketch-off-at-the-london-motor-tech-show

RCA’s first Intelligent Mobility degree disrupts motoring design 21/03/2019

Here is a review of last months inaugural RCA Intelligent Mobility MA degree show from Wallpaper magazine: https://www.wallpaper.com/lifestyle/rca-intelligent-mobility-degree-show-autonomous-cars

RCA’s first Intelligent Mobility degree disrupts motoring design The graduates of The Royal College of Art’s inaugural Intelligent Mobility degree course unveiled the fruits of the student’s labours last month. The London-based Master of Arts course attracts designers from across the globe and was renamed from Vehic...

Photos from Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility's post 20/03/2019

The idea of Intelligent Mobility Design goes a lot further than simply looking at vehicles. Our recent RCA IM graduate Riccardo Petruzzi decided to take a different approach to solving the problems of traveling around a city on public transport with his "Bring your own seat" project.
The result: a piece of smart clothing that offers the wearer protection and private space when travelling

RCA x CERN Grand Challenge 19/03/2019

As part of our Intelligent Mobility first year core curriculum, we undertake a Grand Challenge collaborative project with other courses in the School of Design. This year we partnered with CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.

In January, 374 Royal College of Art Design students, working in 74 interdisciplinary teams, supported by 16 CERN tutors and 16 RCA tutors, were given four weeks to devise workable solutions to global problems.

The four winning teams have just returned from visiting the Large Hadron Collider and presenting their work at CERN.
https://vimeo.com/322280876

RCA x CERN Grand Challenge The RCA’s Grand Challenge in collaboration with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, demonstrates how innovative and disruptive technologies…

College-wide Open Day: School of Design 16/03/2019

The Royal College of Art School of Design will be holding an open day on Saturday 23rd March from 1pm-4pm. If you are interested in applying to the Intelligent Mobility MA course, we will be on hand to talk to prospective applicants, answer questions and discuss the details of the course. https://www.rca.ac.uk/news-and-events/events/college-wide-open-day-march2019/

Tickets to the open day can be booked here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/college-wide-open-day-school-of-design-tickets-55903579110

College-wide Open Day: School of Design

Photos from Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility's post 16/03/2019

Work from RCA Intelligent Mobility graduate Olli Seppala for his Lynk&Co High-Speed Shuttle:
Imagining a future where driving fast – 300km/h – is both safe and legal due to separated roads with autonomous driving technology and a datalink connection between these vehicles and the infrastructure. This project’s target area is China in 2030-2040, where highways are wide but traffic congestion is heavy. Olli's concept proposes a new vehicle service providing a door-to-door executive shared transport between business parks that would more efficient than by high-speed trains and with the benefit of high accessibility to a new high speed road infrastructure.

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It was great to welcome SAIC Design VP Mr Shao Jingfeng and UK Design Director Carl Gotham, as well as designers from the SAIC London concept studio, to the RCA yesterday to launch the 2019 SAIC design challenge: https://www.saicmotor.co.uk/saicdesignchallenge/

Photos from Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility's post 12/03/2019

Some detail images and a video from RCA Intelligent mobility MA graduate student Kun-Yang Chen from his "Antelope" project for a one-person flying vehicle. The model presented at the degree show last month was a 50% scale working protoype VTOL flying car from Bellwether Industry, the the start-up company that Kun-Yang is now part of alongside, among others, fellow RCA IM course graduate Kai-Tse Lin.
Some more detail and video are available here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs9uKr41xZqNTQDwcBmeZJg?view_as=subscriber

Photos from Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility's post 08/03/2019

Detail visuals and sketch-work from RCA Intelligent Mobility graduate Louis Saout's "Alterity" project based around the principles of Theseus's paradox and the “Right to Repair” movement;
What could happen if the mending model was translated to the guiding principle of the design of a vehicle?

What if we were to treat any breakage or wear and tear as part of the object, rather than simply repairing , disguising it or discarding it entirely adding to waste and pollution? Would the vehicle then evolve over time instead of just degrading and then being thrown away? What would be the resulting vehicle and how would this change the users relationship with that vehicle?

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Some detail sketches and photos from RCA intelligent Mobility MA graduate Zi Lin's "Pianist project":
Painters would go outside for inspiration sometimes. They would take their painting tools with them, pick a place and set up the board and canvas, so do pianists. However, 99% of the great pieces of classical music was created in their personal spaces, because it is not easy to move a piano. In this project the vehicle effectively becomes an “easel” for the pianist to take their performance outside and into the environment and thus becomes both part of and influenced by that environment.

05/03/2019

Some photos from the inaugural RCA Intelligent Mobility Degree show private view in February where our graduates were on hand to present, demonstrate and discuss their final major project work to guests from both the press and the wider professional automotive and mobility design and manufacturing industries.

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Why should a shared autonomous city vehicle be just a characterless piece of basic municipal transport?
Surely a vehicle, created as part of a greater mobility system designed for a particular urban location, should also take its design cues from the environment and cultural narrative of that specific place?
RCA Intelligent Mobility MA graduate Jiayue Wu’s project builds the identity of mobility based on the identity of a specific city: Suzhou, located in south-east China .
Using a culture-oriented design process, Jiayue’s project takes inspirations from the city’s architecture, environment, visual language, craftsmanship and character of the city. Using these influences, theories and concepts of an environment’s narrative space are central to the design process.
The result is a vehicle rooted in its own culture which can blend into the urban landscape, provide public space for urban lives, with a vehicle’s interior to replicate the feeling of a Suzhou garden. The design creates a strong visual and cultural impression to tourists and locals alike create a design that at its heart creates a sense of belonging and pride to the city.

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What could a Range Rover experience be in the future? RCA intelligent Mobility graduate Rhys Llewellyn project Edeavour proposes a new kind of exploration experience that remains true to the founding ethos of the Range Rover brand. The Endeavour concept is a guided/curated experience using a "mother ship" craft and two smaller mini submarines to travel out from the shoreline and to explore offshore coral reefs and the wider ocean.

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Some detail image from RCA Intelligent Mobility graduate Rotenda Nevhutalu's Resource Intelligence project for a Range Rover mobility system for Gen Z consumers:

Today, the younger consumers’ perception of luxury is about buying into a lifestyle, a community,
and experiences which enable deeper connections with the brands they patronise, shifting the
paradigm of luxury from exclusivity to inclusivity.

As a highly connected generation, they are now defining the new luxury as self-improvement over
materialism. From being social media influencers of brands, to travelling and learning a new skill,
this transformational economy does not see the luxury of ownership as a goal. Instead, they believe
the key to fulfilling lives is through sharing meaningful, holistic experiences bursting with
unforgettable stories to tell.

As the consumers become increasingly mindful of their own health, the well-being of their family
and that of the planet, self-actualization and experiences becomes the new luxury.

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What happens if we eliminate all the traditional grandeur of a yacht?

RCA intelligent Mobility Graduate Aaj Patel's project Zero1 yacht places itself in a future crowded by technology, materialism, glamour and the idea of "showing off" where perhaps instead such a vessel could serve as a reflection to true human nature, harking back to ancient Indian philosophies that have been used to guide us into a way of living.
These experiences are used to curate an experience in "Zero One". A guided experience to create a greater community of understanding of our true self and trying to build a gap between us as human beings and technology and artificial materialism.

Photos from Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility's post 26/02/2019

Some images and detail of RCA Intelligent mobility graduate Fenton Robathan's "Beyond" project for a personal aerial mobility for Range Rover.
"Beyond" is a modern reincarnation of the Convair XFY-1 Tailsitter/POGO aircraft, with a compact footprint of 2.5 metres by 3 metres making it possible to land practically anywhere. Utilising modern-day drone technology, such as gyros, micro processors and accelerometers allows the concept be fully autonomous and accessible to a far wider user group than with traditional helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft, an therefore is no longer restricted to a select few of highly skilled pilots. Powered by a hybrid hydrogen fuel cell/ battery power supply and featuring a lightweight composite construction, the Beyond is an alternative method for regional travel, offering users the true definition of mobility freedom.

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In the future where vehicles will be silent, electrified and performance and speed are both easily achieved, where do we see the excitement of a vehicle?

RCA Intelligent mobility graduate Pei Chan's project looks at the heart of the vehicle aesthetic, building on ideas of tension, material and visual language to create an exciting, dynamic vision for this future.

Photos from Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility's post 25/02/2019

What if an autonomous shared vehicle could be more than just be a piece of transport but instead could become a centre point for exchanging ideas and both encouraging and curating debate with others? Would a vehicle that encourages open conversation make a for a richer journey experience? RCA Intelligent mobility graduate Yuxuan Yang's Eudaimonia concept looks at these interesting opportunities.

Photos from Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility's post 25/02/2019

One of the challenges, or indeed the opportunities, of designing shared vehicles, whether its an Autonomous shared taxi, Uber Pool, or a piece of Public Transport such as a train or a bus, , is how to accommodate the needs of individuals wanting privacy or personal space, or those who wish to interact with each other.
RCA Intelligent Mobility graduate Ji Soo Hwang has been looking at this for her major project and proposes a UX based smart system specifically for this that identifies the behaviour of the vehicles occupants and both allow them to adjust the interior layout themselves, as well as the vehicle system itself actively intervening with the seating layout of the vehicle to alter and tailor the space to their individual needs.

Photos from Royal College of Art Intelligent Mobility's post 24/02/2019

RCA intelligent mobility was delighted to welcome Peter Schreyer: Global VP of Design at Hyundai Kia, Clive Hartley: Director of Quarterre design , Amko Leenarts: Ford European Design Director, Beata Szoboszla: Strategic Lead for Academic Engagement, Transport Systems Catapult and Patrice Reilhac: Director Innovation & Collaborative Research, Valeo, to our inaugural Intelligent mobility Design night.
The audience was treated to some fascinating and insightful presentations on the future of cars, personal mobility, user experience , intelligent mobility networks and values in mobility. A lively round table discussion followed with much debate and an audience Q&A session.

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More final major project work from one of our latest RCA intelligent Mobility course graduates. This is the ANALOG project from Anat Hitesh Patel creating a highly conceptual future luxury interior: a project that strives to create a mobility space keeping offline luxury in mind. Giving the user maximum comfort and flexibility of space this mobility space steps away from interiors loaded with technology creating a new mobility experience.

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Our Story

Intelligent Mobility is a 15-month, 240 credit, Masters programme that builds on the world-renowned RCA Vehicle Design MA course.

The idea of transportation can no longer be considered as a stand-alone entity.

Vehicles in the 21st Century are becoming increasingly Connected, Autonomous and Electrified. Issues of systems, society, environment and experiences are combining with this, requiring new approaches and radical thinking. We now need to move from the old idea of Transport to a broader concept of Mobility.

The Intelligent Mobility MA course places the RCA in the vanguard of this ‘third age’ of automotive design and transport design.

The new course was launched in 2017 alongside the Royal College of Art’s newly founded Intelligent Mobility Design Centre (IMDC) , a new multidisciplinary research lab dedicated to the future of transportation design, systems and urban mobility, led by Director and inaugural Chair in Intelligent Mobility Professor Dale Harrow.

The programme comprises two distinct specialisms:

- Automotive Transitions, focussing on using design thinking to develop innovative forms of transportation, such as autonomous vehicles.

- Urban Mobility, focussing on designing the systems and frameworks that enable people to move through hyper-connected cities.

The programme also acknowledges and explore solutions for the 80% of people in developing or emerging economies who do not have access to transport.

The programme offers:

- A strong tutor team with diverse and high-level practitioner experience.

- Varied creative and cultural backgrounds within the MA specialisms.

- Close ties to the Intelligent Mobility Lab, a new RCA multidisciplinary research centre.

- Extensive industrial relationships through sponsored projects, internships, portfolio reviews, trips and bursaries/awards. Recent collaborations with Audi, Bentley, Citroen, FCA, Hitachi Rail Europe, Jaguar, Land Rover, Kia, EXA (aerodynamic software), SAIC, Sabic and TATA.

- Close relationships with other RCA programmes, including Fashion, Textiles, Sculpture and Innovation Design Engineering.

- A west-London location at the heart of a uniquely diverse vehicle, design and cultural environment.

- A multitude of alumni in numerous top design positions globally.


Tuition fees for full-time students over 15 months:

- Overseas: New Students – £34,000

- Home and EU (subsidised): New Students – £14,500

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