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Self Started Project in 2017

Culinary Coach; Autonomous Food Truck

Jordan Jones

Yulin Liu

Fernando Zeledon

Tom Rouine

Aditi Vyas

What would a food truck look like if it adapted to the world of self-driving vehicles, green technology, and autonomous cooking?

Food trucks are some of the most heavily trafficked businesses in major cities. They fight for valuable real estate, work in tiny and cramped kitchens, and yet produce some of the highest rated foods in urban areas. But the time of autonomy is arriving quickly; pizza cooking vending machines, self-driving cars, and the like stand to make a gigantic change in this industry staple. Culinary Coach is a hopeful concept that adapts this technology to the benefit of the mobile food industry.

Touchscreens could allow users to interact with their food more directly. This 'Pizza Hut' food truck concept allows the user to drag and drop toppings on to a custom pizza.
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Another benefit of an open floor plan is that trash and recycling receptacles can be built into the vehicle, making it unnecessary for the owners of the truck to supply rubbish bins.
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Full windows would help customers see what others are doing inside, allowing new people to experience the environment from afar.
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Removing industrial kitchens for under-counter food-preparing setups could open up the floor space for users. Imagine a café that pulls up to you on the street.
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Removing industrial kitchens for under-counter food-preparing setups could open up the floor space for users. Imagine a café that pulls up to you on the street.
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With the removal of a dedicated staff while driving, alongside the added safety of self-driving tech, the truck could open up the roof to the sky. Solar tech could help power the vehicle
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With the removal of a dedicated staff while driving, alongside the added safety of self-driving tech, the truck could open up the roof to the sky. Solar tech could help power the vehicle
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The single staff member present in the vehicle could help users order their food, clean the truck, and be present while it is operational. Rather than a cook, they would be more of a barista that observed the daily workings of the truck.
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The single staff member present in the vehicle could help users order their food, clean the truck, and be present while it is operational. Rather than a cook, they would be more of a barista that observed the daily workings of the truck.
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The mobility of food trucks can also be a major issue for them. Currently it is very difficult to discern where a food truck will make a profit on certain days, and a badly timed arrival could cost the company thousands of dollars a day. With accompanying apps, self-driving food trucks could locate where their largest base of users will be and automatically cater to that location.

Touchscreens could allow users to interact with their food more directly. This 'Pizza Hut' food truck concept allows the user to drag and drop toppings on to a custom pizza.
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Another benefit of an open floor plan is that trash and recycling receptacles can be built into the vehicle, making it unnecessary for the owners of the truck to supply rubbish bins.
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Full windows would help customers see what others are doing inside, allowing new people to experience the environment from afar.
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This project was completed over 10 weeks in 2017. A large amount of research went into conceptualizing the future of road safety laws, food preparation technology, and user behavior surrounding autonomous preparation, and ADA accessibility. The team mocked up a full scale model of the vehicle and allowed differently-abled users to walk through and experience the concept.

Some of my sketches that related to the final concept for the vehicle. Our aesthetics were inspired by future-brutalism.
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The team during our beginning aesthetic ideation sessions.
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The food truck concept 3D printed.
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