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The Future of the Car

This symposium brings together leading voices within the field of automotive design, spatial practice and technology to discuss the future of the car.

What to expect

The rise in electric and self-driving cars, alongside advances in artificial intelligence, data analytics and smart technologies, are transforming how we drive and having a major impact on the automotive industry.

In cities, car-sharing services like Uber are becoming the preferred method of transport among young people who are becoming increasingly reluctant to learn to drive.

In this new age of mobility, traditional automakers have to adapt to remain relevant and desirable to consumers. If these trends continue, could car ownership disappear altogether? What are the wider social and ethical implications of autonomous vehicles? And what can design do to safeguard the future of the car?

Speakers include: Jonny Culkin (Seymourpowell); Louise Downe (Design, UK Government); Marta Ferreira de Sá (Rival Strategy and The Royal College of Art); Adam Kaasa (The Royal College of Art and Theatrum Mundi); Dale Harrow (The Royal College of Art); Dan Hill (Arup); Iain Macbeth (Transport for London); Dr Artur Grisanti Mausbach (The Royal College of Art); Deyan Sudjic (the Design Museum) and Dr Chris Thorpe (The Royal College of Art).

Please see the PDF link for the full programme.

In collaboration with the Royal College of Art's Intelligent Mobility Design Centre (IMDC).

Sum of its Parts - Construction, Charles Purvis (MA Vehicle Design, 2016). Courtesy Royal College of Art

Uber Mundo, David Taboas Martelo de la Maza (MA Vehicle Design, 2016). Courtesy Royal College of Art

Autonomous Vehicle Racing, Hosan Song (MA Vehicle Design, 2016). Courtesy Royal College of Art

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£35 Full Price
£30 Members
£20 Students

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Background image | Silentium, Bo-Chia Huang (MA Vehicle Design, 2016). Courtesy Royal College of Art