Students' vision for the car interior of the future

Published: 16 May 2018

Winners of Innovators of the Future announced
 Hyundai invites students to design future interiors
 Competition open to all design students in the UK 

Hyundai has announced the winning entries in its inaugural Innovators of the Future competition. A new competition open to design students in the UK, it invited entrants to create their vision for the car interior of the future.

Emily Armitstead, a student at Leeds Art University, was chosen as the overall winner for her design, which explored innovative use of light, reflection and colour.

Armitstead wins a trip to Hyundai’s design centre in Seoul, where she’ll be given a tour of the company’s Asan factory along with its Namyang R&D centre (after which the new ‘N’ series of Hyundai performance cars is partially named), and the dramatic Motorstudio Experience Centre building.

Innovators of the Future

Thomas Chapman from the University of Creative Arts took second place, with a design focusing on customizable interior space with electromagnetic furniture.

You can take a closer look at the winning designs here

What was the competition all about?

The new Innovators of the Future design competition invited entrants to design a potential Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) cabin for many years ahead of today.

In decades’ time, all vehicles may be driverless – what does that mean for automotive interior design?

Will cars need steering wheels, forward-facing seats – or even windows?

Competition entrants were invited to let their imaginations run wild to think about the kind of opportunities for future car interiors: perhaps new forms of seating, new materials, safety features, and customisation options. Some future-gazers believe cars may become an extension of owners’ homes, and entrants are encouraged to think of a car’s interior as a blank canvas.

You can follow the competition on social media using the hashtag #IOTF2018.

By James Taylor

CAR's deputy features editor, occasional racer