Intelligent Mobility (MA)

Ryan Sinton

I’m from Manchester United Kingdom and I previously studied BA Transportation Design at Huddersfield University. I was proud to receive a First-Class Honours Degree and an award for Best Final Major Project of the course. I exhibited this work at New Designers London and also entered it into the Core77 Design Awards in which I received a Notable award.  




Degree Details

School of Design

 "Where I am in 2020" 

I am proud of my accomplishments this year in achieving my Masters Degree in Intelligent Mobility from the Royal College of Art London and to have delivered a successful final major project. My project is called Alpas which means to break free. My concept is centred around improving the traffic situation within Metro Manila of the Philippines and breaking free from this hectic and disruptive traffic situation. It aims to improve the lives of commuters in their daily travel. I was inspired to design a vehicle for this issue after experiencing the traffic there first-hand on many occasions. I wanted to explore new ways and ideas for this mobility solution and my proposal is an autonomous and amphibious vehicle that utilises Manila’s natural waterways that are not currently being used effectively. I proposed for the vehicle to use a network of autonomous roots across the city which will aid in transporting passengers to their destinations and ease congestion.  

Due to the coronavirus lockdown, the physical show and model of the design could not be shown and with the school going into lockdown I had some issues with getting it 3D printed. Thankfully the laser cutting technicians were able to get my city landscape cut out for me and I am very grateful for their help. I was able to collect these parts and transport them the day before it was announced the school closed for lockdown. I was able to then build it all at home myself and photograph it for my portfolio.   

Narrated Description overview of the project


2:14 mins
This video is to showcase the model from different angles




2:21 mins
final model

Research Question

Manila Survey


Research Photo — Research Photo I took while there showing the typical leaves of traffic and how the jeepney vehicle load and unload passengers at any points in the road which added to congestion greatly.

Autonomous Route Network — Proposals for the autonomous routes for Alpas to use and the number of vehicles in operation and number of passengers on the route.

Autonomous Route Network

Calculation for Vehicle's Buoyancy in Water

End User Feedback — I shown my final concept to a number of commuters within Manila who would be the intended users to gauge their responses, thoughts and impressions to my proposed vehicle. All comments were positive and all seemed to embrace the idea and believing it would be beneficial to them an all Manileño.

Manila’s traffic is amongst the worst in the world; taking 2 to 3 hours just to travel 9 miles. I have visited there on three occasions experiencing this first hand; the culture, it’s people and exactly what it’s like traveling within this city. I’ve used the various transportation options and seen the many issues with them. This is what gave me the inspiration for project.

While in Manila I conducted a survey with the public to engage with them and finding out first hand research on their day to day travel and their issues around traveling. This was invaluable knowledge and set the basis for my project. From this research I was able to understand clearer from the user’s perspective and needed for improvement in their way they travel there.

Throughout the process of the design, I had contacts in Manila for their perspective and first hand knowledge of the city. I also showed my concept to a number of Manileño to gauge their opinions and was more then pleased with their positive responses. I really believe I have achieved something which would benefit many people within the city and approve upon their daily lives in travel there.

sketches 1

sketches 2

Concept render — In order to express the feeling and the elements of influence from the city. I aimed to have a fluid form inspired by the buildings of the city. Its modernist and minimal to pure shape but still in keeping with the cities landscape. The interior directly reflects on my findings from my survey.

Package drawing — The vehicle uses sold state batteries which are currently in development with the aim to be three times the capacity of conventional batteries. When in water the out-rigour wheel pods extend out giving stability in resemblance of the banca boats of the Philippines. The four hubless wheels rotate 90° while in water and become water-jets for propulsion and steering.

Sketch models — Throughout the processes I created numerous sketch model iterations and prototyping before creating for the final model. This prosses enabled me to explore in 3D to further my development of the design language and surfaces along with the sketch development. Using different mediums and trying new technique to experiment with shape. Each model then advanced and influenced the next and refining then until reaching the final design.

Concept Development Video — Short video showing the concept development stages of the project from sketches to sketch models. Then on to the design iterations of the CAD model and prototyping for the final physical model.

I developing the form language and explore the aesthetic. Manila has iconic buildings, lots of great architecture and developing into the future. This is what I really wanted to pick up on, so the vehicle reflects the city.

The idea of the vehicles unique design is having a central body with the outriggers giving stability within water. The outriggers move in for land mode and extended for water travel. As the vehicle is for the roads It needed a relatively flat hull shape which works well for passenger to enter similarly to modern buses but for water these outriggers give the stability needed. The function is important and so too is the aesthetic which I developed without the design.

Detail View 1

Top Down View

Full View

Front View

Detail View 2

Detail View 3

My model is to show how the vehicles operate within the city and to show them on roads, water and how they transition between the two. The architecture of the city inspired the aesthetics of the vehicle. I felt it was important so that the vehicle captures the feeling of the city which it was designed for.


Acrylic plastic and resin plastic


70cm x 150cm

Waterside Boarding

Makati City, Manila

Influence from Manila Architecture


Alpas: Land to Water Transitions

My concept called Alpas is centralised around improving travel within the densely populated city of Metro Manila in the Philippines. Alpas is a Filipino word meaning to break free; and as such the concept aims to allow you to break free from hectic and often stressful commute in this mega city.
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