Yichen is a transportation designer and researcher who is interested in and has project experiences with a variety of vehicles.
My role here in IMDC is mainly visualizing of the mobility visions and designing the vehicles in those visions.
Before joining IMDC, I did some internships at car OEMs, a bike company, a design consultancy and smaller studios. Through the design projects vary from delivery robots, bicycles to massive agricultural machineries, I gained more understanding to those non-car vehicles.
Also, being a keen cyclist in London and Shanghai gave me an “outside of vehicle view” in the traffic. Hope it gets handy at some point.
The opportunities of working on very different vehicles gave me a chance to look at the wider-defined “vehicles”, especially how their different role in the society and people’s life forged their design. I believe designing AVs will be like that as well.
Autonomous mobility has been a topic of interest for me for a long time, almost since I started studying transportation design. Looking into the task of “designing an autonomous vehicle”, there is a technical level of re-thinking the century-old architecture of cars, but there is also a humanity/social level of it: to enhance a new human-machine communication, to create a new aesthetics that better suits AV’s and to encourage trust.
Current and recent projects
FMP: Safety via Intelligence, 2022
This is my MA Intelligent Mobility thesis.
This project discusses how to boost users’ trust and improve their experience with a less crash-proof autonomous vehicle, in a near-future crash-free full autonomous scenario, and explore the aesthetics of the new active safety vehicle.