How can a flexible structure of a micro vehicle be designed? How many UrbANTs does a city district need? And how do we want to operate an autonomous vehicle? At the beginning of the project and before finalizing the development requirements, issues that particularly needed clarification were examined in three interactive co-creation workshops. Problems should not only be discussed in these workshops. By building and testing simple functional prototypes, first steps towards solutions were taken.
On September 16 and 17, we deepened our understanding of the topic of "social interaction and operation of an autonomous micro-transport vehicle" by moving around the Olympic site in Munich with a true-to-size mock-up. On October 7 and 8, we approached the challenges of “urban integration and interaction of autonomous micro transport vehicles” in a playful simulation. At the workshop at the Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf (DITF) on October 22 and 23, we focused on the question of "scalability and modularization of autonomous micro transport vehicles" and built three different functional variants from wooden frames with textile covers. By comparing them, important decisions for the further development of the scalable construction concept could be made.
Representatives of the consortium partners as well as selected external experts took part in the workshops. Under the direction of the Innovationsmanufaktur, the participants contributed their technical expertise on the one hand and took on the user perspective on the other. The co-creation workshops closed a gap between early user studies in the previous project and later user tests to ensure the continuous integration of the user perspective into the development process. Many thanks to all participants for their active, productive participation!