Future of urban maritime mobility: W.Taxi

Augmented Reality Head-Up Display für Kiels sauberes autonomes Wassertaxi-System / Augmented Reality Head-Up Display for Kiel's Clean Autonomous Water-Taxi System

Abril Villanueva

März / March - 2022

Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel

Master of Arts


This thesis proposes an autonomous and sustainable transportation system that improves life quality in Kiel. Currently, public water transportation in the city can transport citizens and tourists using ferries exclusively. Therefore, the user must travel through an already designated route; this prolongs the passengers' time of arrival at their destination. It is not a reliable way of transportation in an emergency. The development of this thesis started with the main objective of designing the vehicle for a complex water taxi system, but it led us to a redefinition of the original approach, into the designing of the information and interface between passenger and vehicle, considering the challenges that an autonomous vehicle presents. After developing a benchmarking, analogue and homolog analysis, and proposing initial iterations of design solutions, it was concluded that this communication system should be a head-up display with augmented reality technology.