here are my answers :)
1. Why are negative angle windows bad for self driving?
the negative angle of the glass reflects a distorted image to the driver, might not make it impossible to drive, but it's not ideal for self driving (the words of my supervisor haha he studied engeneering before doing his MA in car design)
2. Why do you *want* the car to "announce" itself via its design that it's autonomous?
personally, i'm not sure about that issue. but for the excercise i (\we? the supervisor etc.) wanted to see if and how it's posible to create a new icon for a car, once all the elements can be easily moved around from the known architype of a car
3. How much height clearance do you need for the canopy top to open???
the door probably needs alot of clearence to open up, so it won't be easy doing it in garages etc. BUT take in mind that because it's fully autonomous the passengers won't have any interactions with any kind of parking. the car will be summoned to the front door when you want it to, and when you arrive to wherever it is you wanted to go, it will drop you off at the entrance and then drive itself to the parking.. my supervisor also suggested the same mechanism the tesla has, where it sops if it sees an obstacle in the door's way
did i answer everything?