For the past few years, Clemson University’s graduate automotive engineering students have been teaming up with mainstream auto manufacturers to design futuristic concept cars in an ongoing project referred to by the university as the Deep Orange series. The most recent brand to partner with graduates at Clemson U happens to be Toyota, and together Toyota designers and Clemson University students put together the Toyota uBox concept.
According to the eighteen students who worked with Toyota on the uBox, the vehicle was designed with the needs and wants of young, urban millenials in mind. The ideal driver of the uBox, according to Toyota, would be “a young entrepreneur who wants a vehicle that can provide utility and recreation on the weekend but that can also offer office space or other career-centric or lifestyle uses during the week.”
While the uBox’s exterior is distinctly like something out of a sci-fi film, a following of enthusiasts sprung up following the concept’s unveiling due to its incredible versatile interior; because the whole of the cabin is decorated using 3D-printed elements, it’s totally customizable, and the low floor and removable seats provide tons of space in a market where large, spacious vehicles like SUVs and crossover thrive. Online auto communities were abuzz with fans of the uBox who brainstormed to come up with imaginative ways of customizing the concept.
The Deep Orange team revealed the Toyota uBox concept at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress and Exposition in Detroit on April 12th. It’s so awesome to see automotive brands working to help educate the engineers of the future.