Autonomous Driving Challenge
Barcelona. The city, the scenery, the inspiration
elarco collaborated with CARNET (Cooperative Automotive Research Network) to develop the scenario for the SEAT Autonomous Driving Challenge, which was held at the Smart City Expo 2017.
A distinctive element reinvented
The urban landscape design is rooted in the traditional element Trencadís. This model pays homage to the innovative spirit of Barcelona’s architecture and design history, by reinventing an already disruptive technique. A sharper and versatile version of Trencadís which draws an abstract skyline of the city.Translucent acrylic triangles, scattered on slender structures. The density of the buildings is strategically inverted, leaving the base empty thus facilitating the view of the race tracks.
The circuit layout is specifically designed to not interfere with the race tracks. All urban elements are placed within a security distance from the tracks, and they also leave enough room for the participants to pass through. Most of the iconic buildings and areas of Barcelona are represented and conceptualized in the scenery.
Traffic lights are dynamic and customizable to the circuit’s needs. They can be switch on and off or between two different QR codes, and be visible by the participants and the public from any angle thanks to a 360o light on top of them.