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Self Started Project in 2017

Culinary Coach; Autonomous Food Truck

Jordan Jones

Yulin Liu

Fernando Zeledon

Tom Rouine

Aditi Vyas

Autonomous vehicles are taking over the roadways of the future, and the mobile food industry will have to adapt. What would a food truck look like if it adapted to the world of self-driving cars, green technology, and autonomous cooking?

Autonomous mobile restaurant

Culinary Coach is a future concept that uses robotics and automation to create a novel street side food experience. Complete with solar charging, robotic food preparation, and a walk-through layout, this "food truck" is one imagining of the future.

One of the major benefits of bleeding edge technology is consolidation of space; this allows the food truck to take advantage of layouts previously impossible with traditional cooking and driving methods.

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Patrons are encouraged to walk through the sliding doors on the side of the truck to place their order with the barista. The integrated robotic food prep table creates the meal, and sends it via conveyor belt to the back of the vehicle for pickup.
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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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Patrons are encouraged to walk through the sliding doors on the side of the truck to place their order with the barista. The integrated robotic food prep table creates the meal, and sends it via conveyor belt to the back of the vehicle for pickup.
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Patrons are encouraged to walk through the sliding doors on the side of the truck to place their order with the barista. The integrated robotic food prep table creates the meal, and sends it via conveyor belt to the back of the vehicle for pickup.
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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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Convenience and Efficiency

We spent several weeks observing patrons and workers interact with food trucks, and addressed many of the highest priority pain points

Built in recycling and refuse bins, elimination of ordering and pickup line confusion, wheelchair accessibility concerns, and more were integrated into the design of the Culinary Coach. Additionally, pairing the truck with an accompanying app can help the owners and workers discern where to park to get the maximum number of customers.

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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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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Considered design process

Over 10 weeks the team researched potential solutions and pitfalls surrounding this project, including the conceptualization of the future of road safety laws, food preparation technology, user behavior surrounding autonomous preparation, and ADA accessibility.

The team additionally 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. This particular meeting was to discuss the overall form direction and inspiration of the body.
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The 3D printed scale model helped us conceptualize and lay out the space using inserts and photoshop.
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