PolyU Design announces a new research center on the mobility of future care and partnership opportunities

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – August 19, 2022 – The School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU Design) has announced the establishment of the Caring Future Mobility Research Center (Centre). The Center recently won $7.5 million in seed funding from the University’s Competitive Research Grant with matching funds from PolyU Design and partner institutions. The Center represents an interdisciplinary and cutting-edge vision of STEAM (STEM + Art & Design) and an innovative design approach emphasizing life, care and well-being in various mobility scenarios.

Innovative adaptable vehicle interior design to increase revenue opportunities and reduce downtime between revenue-earning events for public passenger transport drivers is an example of thoughtful mobility projects currently on display at PolyU Design Show 2022. Dividing working between the freight fleet, ride-sharing services, and taxis, this strategy also allows the delivery industry to use existing automobile routes as additional resources to distribute the industry’s high demand.

Professor Stephen J. Wang, Director of the Center, remarked that his team is committed to tackling “nasty” real-world challenges such as future support in transportation, transit UX, communication and integration. personal information in mobility, automotive. cybersecurity, fluidity and livability of smart cities, user experience in emerging modes of transport such as multipurpose and on-demand transport, and aspects of well-being in connected and autonomous vehicles.

Professor Wang said: “This center will be the first in the world to focus on blurring the various mobility-related boundaries to envision the future of ‘care-moving’, and the research and design results will contribute significantly in Hong Kong, Greater Bay Area, and the region.

The Center will focus on the potential benefits of mobility innovations for the economy, society, health and well-being to carry out high-impact research. It will provide a distinctive platform that will enable visionary design-driven innovations that are useful, user-friendly and state-of-the-art.

This platform will also benefit the next generation of researchers, designers and innovators in this field by focusing on the evolving and unmet needs of end users from a care and mobility perspective, in addition to specialized technological knowledge. .

The Center currently works with large companies and welcomes proposals for joint research projects.

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