Volkswagen Group of America’s (VWGoA) major West Coast innovation hub, the Innovation and Engineering Center California (IECC), recently concluded its first-ever “Long Distance Mobility and Living Space” project, an Academy of Art University class aimed at collaborating with innovative firms to deliver immersive, hands-on professional experiences for its students. Working with 30 students from the Academy’s School of Industrial Design, Interior Architecture Design, Graphic Design, Fashion, Advertising, and Web New Media, the project explored future mobility concepts for long-distance travelers that culminated in five individual students receiving part of a scholarship fund donated by Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
For the IECC, which serves as Volkswagen Group of America’s dedicated center for researching innovations in mobility, applied artificial intelligence and autonomous systems, the collaboration with the Academy offered fresh insight into the future of transportation. The global Volkswagen Group Innovation collaborated as well.
“We’re fortunate to be able to work with Academy of Art University and their talented students from all over the world,” said Alexander Ksoll, senior staff designer at Volkswagen Group of America. “Mobility is multifaceted, and requires a more dimensional approach to its design. This project gave us exciting perspectives and showed outstanding achievements in a fully virtual classroom setting.”