This project is about 2 questions: 

1. Do we need new methodologies for designing autonomous vehicle experiences and why?
2. Can a qualitative approach be used to inform the design of autonomous vessels?
The language of car design

We've been making cars for almost a decade now, 
cultures have evolved around it globally. This long 
existence of the automobile(the technology) has 
allowed us to create a language around it. 

This language helps us identify the vehicle
(type, purpose, occupant capacity, etc.)
But due to the limitations of automotive 
technology, what hasn't changed over 
the century is the role of the occupant.

Car Design / Automotive Design:
Automotive design is the process of developing the appearance, and to
some extent the ergonomics, motor vehicles, including automobiles, motorcycles, trucks,
buses, coaches, and vans. The task of the design team is usually split into three main
aspects: exterior design, interior design, and color and trim design...Design focuses not 
only on the isolated outer shape of automobile parts, but concentrates on
the combination of form and function, starting from the vehicle package.​​​​​​​

Hip-Point (H-Point):
The H-point (or hip-point) is the theoretical, relative location of an occupant's hip: specifically the pivot point between the torso and upper leg portions of the body — as used in vehicle design, automotive design and vehicle regulation...
It is one of the main reference points for the occupants and one of the major datum points for the vehicle package(Macey).

Copyright: H-Point: The Fundamentals of Car Design & Packaging. Available here

Waymo/Google's Firefly Automated Vehicle. Why did it need to look like a modified Smart car at all?

Autonomous vehicles are a whole new thing though. A hybrid of hardware and software that will move us unlike ever before. A box with artificial intelligence, something not-a-car, not a thing anymore. I tend to call them vessels, rather than vehicles.
So let's think of autonomous vessels not as objects or things we use. Thinking that they will have a form of embedded/shared intelligence and that once we as passengers gain our cognition back from the habits of driving, what we do(or what we're allowed to do) will have an impact on what we feel and goals we set outside of the vessel.

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