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Renault has forecast the social bubble car of the future

The Float is how Renault’s design competition winner sees us getting about. Like it?

A glass, levitating, magnetic bubble car has been named the winner of a Renault design competition.

The competition, run in collaboration with Central Saint Martins from the University of Arts London, asked students of MA Industrial Design to create concept ideas for the future of autonomous, modular car design, and how infrastructure and services might support it. The winner was unveiled on the first day of designjunction 2017, with Yuchen Cai’s ‘The Float’ on display until the end of the show on September 24.

The Float is designed to take the social interaction of Facebook into the world of cars. The glass machine will look like a bubble when on the roads, floating around using magnetic levitation tech, while able to connect to other pods to create a weird bubblewrap-style convoy. Seats can swivel and sliding doors open to force you to interact while The Float can bob around in any direction.

The concept also includes a smartphone app that lets you holler for a Float at any time – the Uber of the future, apparently.

Other finalists in the competition included ‘Flo’ (the boxier concept above) a concept incorporating freight, personal and shared transport to create a “seamless journey”, and the ‘Vue’ (the spherical, wheeled car) which creates an emotional bond between you and your car, meaning it would miss you after you left, like a little un-potty-trained puppy.

Talking about the competition, judge Anthony Lo, Vice-President of Exterior Design at Renault, said: “This is the second time we have run a design competition with Central Saint Martins and once again our eyes have been opened to the extraordinary talent and imagination of the students and to the ways in which humans could travel in the future.”

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