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Mobility design of the future

Jan 18, 2019

Design is playing an increasingly important role in the new mobility, including when it comes to boosting the acceptance of robots, drones or autonomous vehicles. In its exhibition “The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility”, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York presents current design projects that are all concerned with the future of mobility.

Is this what the mobility of the future looks like? The Float Concept Vehicle, 2017, Design by Yuchen Cai, University of the Arts London for the Renault Car of the Future Contest, France (photo: Cooper Hewitt Press Images/Renault)
Is this what the mobility of the future looks like? The Float Concept Vehicle, 2017, Design by Yuchen Cai, University of the Arts London for the Renault Car of the Future Contest, France (photo: Cooper Hewitt Press Images/Renault)

If you enter the exhibition “The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility” at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, the first thing you’ll hear is an impressive sound experience by the engineering and design studio Arup: “Sound of the Future City” imagines what cities could sound like in the future when new technologies arrive in the public space. It is one of a total of 40 design projects on display that tackle the issue of future mobility in the city. The focus is on questions such as: How will we transport people and goods in the coming years? What will the vehicles of tomorrow look like? How do we want to live?

‘“The Road Ahead” shows possible future prospects for our cities and should encourage the public to engage in citizen-focused dialogue’, says Caroline Baumann, Director of the Cooper Hewitt. ‘This offers an opportunity to pursue a new, user-centric vision for roads and infrastructure to create more liveable, inclusive and equal cities with services, car-sharing agencies and mass transportation solutions that minimise greenhouse gases and meet users’ needs’.

The exhibition “The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility” at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York runs until 31 March 2019.

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