Category: Industrial Design, DFM
Time: 2022 Summer, 14 weeks
Role: Industrial designer
This is my capstone project. I am interested in the tech of Google ATAP & Google X. Also, I firmly believe that when level-5 autonomous driving becomes a new normal, it will fundamentally change the way we work and live. The result is a computer as a room on wheels. It can also be used as a product showcase room for Google Nest in 2030 (project has no affiliation with the brand)
01. Making compact space bigger + more comfortable
02. Maintaining a better work-and-life balance
03. Advertising Google products in an innovative way
The interior design & layout of existing van designs force people to get used to living in a compact and DIY space. Most people have hard time transition from van life to normal life, or reverse sequence.
Solution : lofted layout + versatile space
Inspired by the layout & space saving solutions created by people who live in the small apartment in Tokyo and Newyork, I decided to bring the lofted layout to the autonomous van. What is more, it has an expandable roof.
Balcony: versatile work space + lounge area
(explained in details in the next challenge)
Nest: Smart kitchen + dressing room
+ restroom + storage + Lofted bed
Design to make the space
feels bigger + more comfortable
Lofted queen size bed
Expandable roof with solar panel
One of the biggest challenges of working from home or working remotely is to have a good work-and-life balance. Due to the lack of effective self-management tool in the market, the line between work and relax is blurred.
Solution: Van life + Computer as a room with AI assistant
Van life lifestyle help people to embrace nature better and enjoy life more. Level 5 autonomous driving helps to elevate the experience. AI serves as a personal assistant to keep you on your schedule. The "balcony" part of the room is transformational to offer you smooth transition from work to relax or from relax to work.
I took the challenge to finish both exterior, interior and experience design in 12 weeks. And I am now working hard on completing the storytelling.
Here is a link to the project overview