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VW, design students share ideas for the future of long-distance travel

Concepts include vehicles and even the revitalization of the highway rest area

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In conjunction with Volkswagen’s Innovation and Engineering Center California, students at the Academy of Art’s School of Industrial Design, where instructors include acclaimed Mazda Miata designer Tom Matano, have completed a project designed to explore future mobility concepts for long-distance travel.

Students studying industrial design, interior architecture, graphic design, fashion, advertising and new media produced what is being termed “fresh insight into the future of transportation.”

“This was a tremendous opportunity for our students to learn from – and alongside – industry experts at Volkswagen Group of America who are paving the way for technology and mobility,” the school said. “Electrification and autonomous vehicles are without a doubt the future and will only continue to grow, which created a perfect use case for us to come together and create an integrated vision.”

Students worked in 5 team groups and produced concepts based on Kinship, Orbis (business travel), Outreach (the modern nomad), Urban Cowboy (adventure), and X Hubs (highway rest areas).

VW, design students share ideas for the future of long-distance travel
The Outreach concept
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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