Driver-less taxi wins vehicle design award

The Grid, a driver-less taxi design by Marten Wallgren, has won the best design interpretation prize at the Pilkington Automotive Awards at the Royal College of Art vehicle design graduates show.

Wallgren’s Grid design is powered by solar panels, and has the ability to connect to other similar models on the road to create a charging grid.

Vehicle designer David Wilkie, who presented the award, says, ‘Marten’s design is a comprehensive, well-thought-out concept which not only demonstrates good styling and form, but also takes car design into the future. He is making the best use of technologies by moving them forward to their natural and logical conclusion.’

Wilkie adds, ‘For instance, the rational next step from today’s hi-tech intelligent driving and braking systems is the ability to remove the need for a driver.’

The award for best use of glazing went to David Seesing for his Symbiosis design, which features an inner and outer layer of glass designed to channel air flow through the vehicle to aid fuel efficiency and temperature control.

Commendations for best design interpretation and best use of glazing went to Dalibor Pantucek and Miika Heikkinen respectively.

The concepts are on show at Show Two Kensington at the RCA until 4 July.

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