Self Started Project in 2017
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.
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.
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.