Explore the future of driverless vehicles

7th March 2017
Posted By : Joe Bush
Explore the future of driverless vehicles

As part of its year-long programme of events exploring how good design makes life in London better, The London Transport Museum is hosting the Driverless Futures, utopia or dystopia programme from 3rd March until 23rd April.

The programme is being run in partnership with the Royal College of Art (RCA) and will explore how autonomous vehicles could present the most significant change in transport since the transition from horse drawn carriages to motorised vehicles.

Alongside the new ‘Driverless Futures’ display, there will be a series of pop-up events which will offer a chance to meet designers from the RCA and explore the impact of autonomous vehicles in our everyday lives. Designers will be on hand for visitors of all ages to highlight real life hopes and fears, as well as share insights and actively explore ideas about the future of vehicle design.

The four pop-up events are:

Entertaining interiors
Date: 9th March 2017
Time: 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
RCA designers will be on hand to explore how the inside of our cars and vehicles might change in the future. Visitors will have the chance to help design future mobility concepts, sharing their ideas on what might go on inside our vehicles of the future.

What can be made ‘driverless’?
Date: 16th March 2017
Time: 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
RCA designers will be going beyond the obvious, exploring what else might become autonomous in the future. Autonomous delivery pods, waste recyclers, advertisements, vending machines and showers? They will be inviting visitors to tell them what should be turned autonomous in the future and asking for help to create new concepts. Visitors can get stuck in or just enjoy watching the designers at work. 

Cars for Kids
Date: 6th April 2017
Time: 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
Will kids have their own cars? Will they need cars as big as adults? Will parents feel comfortable allowing their children to use driverless cars? In this event RCA designers will be having fun with visitors designing vehicles for people below the driving licence age.

Autonomous Architecture
Date: 13th April 2017
Time: 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00
In this event RCA designers and architects will be looking at how our urban spaces will evolve and develop as a result of driverless vehicles. Will we need traffic lights? How will our roads change? Where will future vehicles park, be charged or repaired? Could they become an extension of your home or an alternative to hotel rooms?

Debate: Driverless Futures, Utopia or Dystopia?
Date: 20th April 2017
Time: 16:00-18:00

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