Student develops car showroom for your own home

04 May 2017

Student develops car showroom for your own home

Mateusz Lech has developed a virtual car customisation tool.

A virtual car showroom was just one of the impressive projects showcased by students at this year’s Caledonian Creates.

The event is an annual celebration of work from Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) creative programmes, which cover a wide range of disciplines including graphic design, 3D computer animation, and computer games art and animation.

One of this year’s eye-catching projects was that of Mateusz Lech, a fourth-year 3D Computer Animation student, who created an immersive experience for car customisation.

Using virtual reality (VR) technology, Mateusz has fashioned a way for car buyers to tailor the vehicle of their choice from the comfort of their own home.

He said: “VR is currently being used very effectively in the architecture of buildings, offering great design perspectives or even virtual tours. I’ve always been fascinated by the architecture of cars and I wanted to apply the technology that exists for buying a property to buying a car.

“As VR technology is becoming more and more popular in people’s homes, the idea is that a potential car buyer could pop on their VR headset and physically explore the model of their choice. They can tangibly change the colour of the car and the wheels as they walk around it, open the car’s doors and climb inside, changing the seat material and the dashboard trim in the process. My ultimate aim is to progress the technology to allow the user to take the car for a test drive.

“From a commercial point of view, I envisage car manufacturers eventually tailoring the software to their own vehicles, even before they’re off the production line, and extending it to their own showrooms, should the user not have a VR headset at home. A car showroom rarely has every vehicle colour and spec on site, so the addition of a VR headset could be very useful in that regard, too.”

Other projects on display at this year’s Caledonian Creates included branding work with social enterprise companies such as Lingo Flamingo and Refuweegee; a collaboration on learning materials with Dalmarnock Primary School; and design work to help establish Caorunn as Scotland’s number one gin brand.

Dr Mary Maclachlan, Senior Lecturer, said: “Caledonian Creates is a wonderful celebration of our students' creative talent and a great opportunity for them to share their success with their friends and family and network with local creative industries.”

Professor Bruce Wood, Director of GCU’s Centre for Creative Industries, said: “Caledonian Creates again demonstrates the outstanding creative talents of GCU Students. I’m delighted there are also a significant number that are delivering impact to the community.”