Postgraduate students, in the first year of the Royal College of Art’s vehicle design course, recently presented their ideas for the delivery van of the future to senior Citroën design chiefs. In developing their ideas for the urban van of the future, the project saw participants taking inspiration from a wide variety of sources, including nature, architecture and current technological trends.
The results of this original thinking included innovative emergency service vehicles, dual-purpose delivery/leisure vehicles, amphibious delivery vans and collapsible and expandable delivery vehicles. Taking first place was Alexander Ibbett’s submission, for a concept inspired by the ‘train’ formed by a mother duck and her ducklings. Using individual wheeled modules (the ducklings), linked in a train to an electrically driven tug (the mother duck), this concept is designed to improve household deliveries, while cutting labour costs.