For the past six years, students at the Clemson University International center for Automotive Research (or CU-ICAR) have debuted a concept with different automakers and the ArtCenter College of Design. This year’s concept car is with Toyota.
Called the uBox, or Deep Orange 6, the program allows engineering students to work on a whole vehicle:
“Deep Orange gives students’ hands-on experience with the entire vehicle development process, from identifying the market opportunity through the vehicle build,” says Johnell Brooks, an associate professor in Clemson’s graduate engineering program. “It’s like automotive boot camp for the real world, and it wouldn’t happen without industry partners like Toyota.”
The concept is specifically designed to go after the Gen Z buyers of the future with its versatile interior, which can be formatted to handle different scenarios from carrying cargo to safety carrying passengers.
The vehicle is powered by an EV powertrain, which can be utilized in the interior to power everything from computers to power tools.
The uBox will be shown at the Society of Automotive Engineers World Congress and Exposition, which is being held at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan.
Past Deep Orange Concepts have been conducted with Mazda, BMW, and GM.
PS: Go Tigers!