GATEway 2030: The Future with Driverless Cars student competition

As part of an exciting collaboration between Ravensbourne, Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and Royal Borough of Greenwich, young designers showcase their visions of a re-imagined Greenwich Peninsula with the introduction of driverless cars. Ravensbourne continue in a longstanding reputation of nurturing design talent by inviting students to take inspiration from the TRL-led GATEway project to propose their own model of driverless vehicle. GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) is an £8 million funded research project based in Greenwich with the aim of helping industry and policymakers to understand the implications of automated vehicles in the urban environment.

Ravensbourne’s competition, GATEway 2030: The Future with Driverless Cars, underlines a distinct move towards considerations of how autonomous transport will affect our day-to-day living, offering a chance to discuss how social space, as much as personal space, should inform designs for improved transportation. Prof Nick Reed, Academy Director at TRL, describes the GATEway project as an opportunity for “testing how automated vehicles could improve mobility in urban centres around the world”. Of the competition, Reed says, “The work of the Ravensbourne students in response to the GATEway 2030 project was incredibly impressive, showing fantastic vision and innovative thinking using a range of media, including posters, videos and 3D printed designs, to show how transport needs might be met by automated vehicles in Greenwich in 2030. It will be fascinating to see how developments in the real world compare to their wonderful concepts.”

Jay Jordan’s winning project, the Transmission Fluid, proposes a driverless vehicle designed for multiple passengers. Inspired by the “School on Wheels” concept , a large, flexible architecture would respond to passengers’ preferences, with each segment taking on attributes of activity-led spaces; an office, a classroom, a playground, a gym – each space afforded a specific but easily changeable purpose. This is an ambitious proposal for the use of time in motion, where the getting from A to B could be more efficiently used to forge relationships, improve skills, increase knowledge, through work or play.

TRL’s recently established UK Smart Mobility Lab in Greenwich is one of only a few to promote the study, development and integration of connected and automated vehicles in this context. Ravensbourne is committed to enriching its industry relationships and bringing creative excellence to industry sectors that can benefit from innovative practice of emerging designers. In turn this fulfils the institutional strategic aim to facilitate best practice in practice-based learning for students. GATEway 2030 is a good example of this, where the creative outcomes strongly complement the research delivered by the GATEway consortium. Since this ground-breaking research is happening right on Ravensbourne’s doorstep, bringing self-driving vehicles to our city far sooner than we might imagine, it will provide Ravensbourne students with ongoing opportunities and further collaborations to work with some of the most transformative innovations in technological history.


The winning project of GATEway 2030, Transmission Fluid by Jay Jordan


Finlay Johnson’s AsOrb


Live Happy by Leonardo Carmo Silva and Hasan Jamshed


Adriane Jimenez Escarfullery’s Hinto.


Driverless Domicile Entertainment System (D.D.E.S)