A Coventry University student’s vision for how people may travel in the future has been recognised with a global automotive prize.
The theme of the awards was ‘meta mobility, electrified universe’ and Hwijun’s project, entitled Autobiography, incorporated virtual reality and an autonomous driving mode.
The concept of Autobiography is to allow drivers to create their own stories by using virtual and augmented reality to change their travel experience.
In autonomous mode, displays inside the car would allow the occupants to experience different weather conditions, tour diverse landscapes worldwide, take part in a race or even drive through another point in time via a time travel mode.
The event saw Hwijun’s design considered by an expert panel of judges, including senior figures in the global car industry.
Hwijun, who is due to return for his third year at Coventry in September following his two years of mandatory military service, said: “My interest in cars began when I was very young, I always memorised the names of all cars on the road. Since then, if anyone has asked me what my dream is, I have always said ‘that I’ll become a car designer’.
“Because the topic was so vast, the longest time was spent deciding on the theme. It progressed pretty quickly after that, and I could add many details when rendering.
“Learning car design at Coventry University made me feel proud, and I will value being an alumnus after graduation. I will return to school in September this year, and my goal is to get internship experience as a car designer and win various competitions until then.
“My ultimate ambition is to become a head designer or digital modeller at a world-class automobile company. Also, as a designer, I want to create a masterpiece and someday raise the status of Korean automobiles.”
Coventry University’s award-winning Automotive and Transport Design course offers learners the chance to create innovative product design solutions in various styles and media.
Several Coventry University graduates have become leading lights in the automotive industry, including Ian Callum, who served as Director of Design at Jaguar for two decades and Rob Thomas, Chief Operating Officer at Mercedes- AMG Petronas.
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