LAWRENCE – For the past few months, University of Kansas students at the Center for Design Research have partnered with Ford Motor Company on a project to eliminate something most people use every day: the automobile gearshift.
At noon Sunday, April 14, KU students will set up the front half of a Ford Taurus at Hy-Vee, 3504 Clinton Parkway, and invite the public to test working models of new steering wheels, dashboards and consoles developed by the students. The students will solicit feedback to help refine their designs before presenting them to Ford later in the year.
The goal of the KU-Ford research partnership is to redesign or eliminate the traditional automobile gearshift, that clunky handle that's been between the front seats of many cars for decades. Such a redesign would free valuable space that Ford wants to use for other purposes.
Ford representatives will soon be in Lawrence to review the student work, led by Department of Design Professor Greg Thomas, who directs the CDR.
The Kansas State Wildcats will play the Michigan Wolverines in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Arizona on December 28.
There has been an unusually high volume of accidents this morning due to the change in weather conditions.